OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) have announced several updates in the schedule of Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Washington.
A DRC will be open in Benton County Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17-19. The DRC will be open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. all three days.
District 4 Fire Station Training Room
2604 Bombing Range Rd.
W. Richland, WA 99353
Two DRCs are opening in King and Whatcom counties Wednesday, Feb. 18 at noon. After that, they will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both will be closed on Sundays.
Issaquah City Hall, Eagle Room
130 E Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
Former Wilson Motors Toyota Dealership
405 E Champion St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
A DRC will open in Snohomish County Thursday, Feb. 19, at noon. After that, it will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be closed on Sundays.
Stanwood Camano Community Fairground
Youth Exhibit Hall
6431 Pioneer Highway
Stanwood, WA 98292
Three FEMA DRCs are preparing to close next week. DRCs that will close after Tuesday, Feb. 17 are:
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
14405 179th Ave SE, Building 501
Monroe, WA 98272
Westfield Capital Shopping Center
625 Black Lake Blvd, Suite 374
Olympia, WA 98502
One DRC will close after Wednesday, Feb. 18:
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
324 Jackson Ave.
Raymond, WA 98577
Applicants can register for disaster assistance by calling, toll-free, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) (TTY 1-800-462-7585), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Online registration is available at www.disasterassistance.gov.
It is not necessary to visit a DRC to register for assistance. DRCs are set up to answer questions about eligibility and to help people complete their loan applications. While it is possible to register at a DRC, FEMA and WEMD officials encourage people to register before visiting.
There are currently three other DRC locations in Washington. These are open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and are closed on Sundays.
Cowlitz County Training Center (The Boat House)
1942 First Ave.
Longview, WA 98632
South Hill Mall (located near the old J.C. Penny's entrance)
3500 S. Meridian, Suite 940
Puyallup, WA 98373
Kittitas County Fairground Western Village
1010 E 8th Ave.
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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 other man-made disasters.