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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 14, 2008

You can still apply for disaster assistance for flood damage

Residents and businesses in Bellevue who suffered losses in the recent series of storms hitting the region can apply for for federal assistance. Housing grants, financial assistance grants and loans will be available to eligible individuals, families and small businesses in King County. 

FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate for all losses. Anyone with individual, family or business losses should now take the next step and apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance.

First you must register with FEMA. There are two ways to register:

  • By phone at 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, Dec. 26. Language services provided.
  • Online at FEMA, 24 hours a day.

After you register, if you have additional questions or needs:

  • Visit FEMA's local Disaster Recovery Center at North Seattle Community College (9600 College Way, Seattle, WA 98103). The college, in cooperation with the city, is hosting the center to help people with their applications. The DRC will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, starting Wednesday, Dec. 26. The deadline for filing applications with FEMA is Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008.

Residents should be aware of contractors claiming to work for or be authorized by FEMA. FEMA does not employ or approve specific contractors to perform repairs. Please call the FEMA Fraud Hotline (1-800-323-8603) if you are approached by such a contractor.

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