Emergency Preparedness

FEMA Assistance Available Now

If you are a homeowner, renter or business owner affected by the severe storms,
flooding, landslides and mudslides as of December 1, 2007

Disaster Assistance - Call toll-free

1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
TTY 1-800-462-7585

Disaster Recovers assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion,
national origin, age, disability, or economic status.


Everyone is encourage to immediately contact FEMA with any reports.

The following are resources everyone should review and pass to everyone they know affected by the storm:

State Information

Register with FEMA

Disaster Recovery Center - When the president declares an emergency or major disaster, the Washington State Military Department, Emergency Management Division (EMD), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) jointly administer programs in a Joint Field Office (JFO) to help individuals who suffer disaster damage or losses. To assist the public in obtaining information, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are normally established in or near the affected area.

Where to report storm damages

Hours to change Jan 2008

Disaster Recovery Centers

Reduction of Property Taxes - Property in a declared disaster area may be eligible for a reduction in taxable value, even if it was not damaged, if its true market value was reduced by more than 20 percent due to negative local economic conditions. For example, the taxable value of a property located on a slope may be reduced if other properties in the same area were damaged by landslides.


IRS Disaster Tax Center - Are you an individual or a business in need of money to deal with impact of the December 2007 storm and flooding disaster? Because several counties have been declared a Presidential Disaster Area, you are allowed to claim a disaster loss on your Federal Tax Return. You can amend your previous year's return (2006) to free up taxes you paid in the form of a refund, or you can claim it on your current year's return (2007) to reduce your taxes and increase your refund.


Washington Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides

Disaster Declared December 8, 2007

(Thanks to Jon/Teri Newton for providing this information)


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