OLYMPIA, Wash. -- More than $3 million in federal disaster assistance has been paid to Washington residents to help them recover from January's severe winter storms, announced officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD).
As of the close of business Thursday, 1,991 homeowners and renters have applied for disaster assistance. Inspectors have visited 1,261 homes. Grants awarded to date total $3,061,738, which includes:
- $2,954,502 in housing assistance to cover temporary rental assistance, home repairs and replacement.
- $107,236 in other needs assistance to cover essential personal property losses, medical, dental, funeral, transportation or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
Applicants can register for FEMA assistance by calling, toll-free, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), TTY 1-800-462-7585, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have been set up across the state as a resource for Washington residents. DRCs are established to help people without telephone or Internet service register and to answer specific questions about disaster assistance programs, registration and eligibility. It is not necessary to visit a Recovery Center to register for assistance.
The following DRCs are now open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Saturday unless otherwise noted:
Auburn SuperMall (closed after Saturday, Feb. 14)
1101 SuperMall Suite 1157
Auburn, WA 98001
Yard Birds Mall (closed after Saturday, Feb. 14)
2100 N National Ave, 2nd floor
Chehalis, WA 98532
Evergreen State Fairgrounds (closed after Tuesday, Feb. 17)
14405 179th Ave SE, Building 501
Monroe, WA 98272
South Hill Mall (located near the old J.C. Penny's entrance)
3500 S. Meridian, Suite 940
Puyallup, WA 98373
Westfield Capital Shopping Center(closed after Tuesday, Feb. 17)
625 Black Lake Blvd, Suite 374
Olympia, WA 98502
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, basement entrance (closed after Wednesday, Feb. 18)
324 Jackson Ave.
Raymond, WA 98577
Cowlitz County Training Center (The Boat House)
1942 First Ave
Longview, WA 98632
Kittitas County Fairground Western Village
1010 E 8th Ave.
Ellensburg WA, 98926
Bob Lyle Community Center(opening Monday, Feb. 16 at noon)
700 Main St
Morton, WA 98356
Residents of following counties are eligible to receive disaster assistance: Benton, Cowlitz, Clallam, Grays Harbor, King, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum and Whatcom.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and man-made disasters.