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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: FEMA Urges All December Rain Storm Victims to File Claims
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
12/28/2007  3:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Debbie Goetz  684-0517


FEMA Urges All December Rain Storm Victims to File Claims
Assistance not limited to uninsured losses

SEATTLE - Starting today, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) is urging everyone who experienced any loss, not just uninsured losses, from December’s flooding to file a claim. The change expands FEMA’s ability to assist individuals, families and businesses, and enables the agency to gain a more comprehensive look at total losses throughout the state.

• Those who apply may qualify for low-interest loans, housing grants or other financial assistance grants. The deadline for King County residents is February 19, 2008. Actual deadlines vary throughout the state depending on when individual counties were added to the federal declaration.

• Those filing with FEMA should register first either on-line or by phone prior to coming to a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). It’s about a 15-minute process by phone. Once on file, DRC staff will then be able to answer additional questions and assist with other services. Go to www.fema.gov/assistance, 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 for speech or hearing impaired. Lines are staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST), seven days a week starting Wednesday, December 26. Language services provided.

• The Disaster Recovery Center at North Seattle Community College will be open on New Years Day, with new hours starting January 1, 2008. New DRC hours are from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week, including New Years Day. The Disaster Recovery Center will transition to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center beginning Monday, Jan. 7 through Thursday, January 17, 2008.

For more information, contact the Seattle Office of Emergency Management at 206-233-5089.

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