OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) announce the closing of the Puyallup County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. It is located at:
South Hill Mall (located near the old J.C. Penney's entrance)
3500 S. Meridian, Suite 940
Puyallup, WA 98373
From now until the closing, the hours of operation remain 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Applicants are still urged to register for disaster assistance by calling toll-free, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Online registration is also available at www.disasterassistance.gov.
It is not necessary to visit a DRC to register for assistance. They are set up for people to ask questions about their eligibility, to provide information about the assistance programs available, and to help people complete their loan applications. While it is possible to register at a DRC, FEMA and WEMD officials strongly encourage people to register before visiting.
Residents from Benton, Cowlitz, Clallam, Grays Harbor, King, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum and Whatcom, counties designated for disaster assistance, are encouraged to visit the Puyallup DRC while it remains open, or any of the following other ones:
Cowlitz Co. Training Center (The Boat House)
1942 First Street
Longview, WA 98632
Kittitas Co. Fairground Western Village
1010 East 8th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA, 98926
Former Wilson Motors Toyota
405 East Champion Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Issaquah City Hall, Eagle Room
130 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
Bob Lyle Community Center
700 Main Avenue
Morton, WA, 98356
Stanwood Camano Community Fairground
Youth Exhibit Hall
6431 Pioneer Highway
Stanwood, WA 98292
These DRCs will remain open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m-7 p.m. until further notice.
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.