Storm Damage Information

posted Jan 25, 2012, 4:49 PM by Town Clerk   [ updated Jan 25, 2012, 5:18 PM by Rob White ]
The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center will continue collecting damage information from homeowners and business owners affected by the ice & snow storm beginning on January 16th.


Pierce County residents and business owners that suffered damage should call the Pierce County Damage Assessment Center at 1-866-798-6363 (toll free) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Callers should have the following information available:

 *   Name and address of affected property
 *   Contact information
 *   Type of insurance (homeowners or business) and deductible amount
 *   A description of damage and losses, even if uninsured
 *   Estimates of the fair market value of the damaged home or business (it is not necessary at this point for property owners to have a contractor's estimate)
 *   Individual lost wages due to impact of the storm
 *   Business inventory and revenue losses

The findings from this assessment will be used by the Governor to request a possible disaster declaration and federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

This process could take up to a couple of weeks or more. FEMA disaster assistance, if and when it becomes available, only covers uninsured losses.

Among the immediate steps that individuals and families should take include:

 *   Call your insurance agent to check on your coverage
 *   Keep detailed records of all clean-up and repair costs, including photographs
 *   When the time comes to make repairs, be aware of local permit requirements and do a thorough check of potential contractors at https://fortress.wa.gov/lni/bbip/Search.aspx

Visit Pierce County's Blog for up to date emergency information: http://blog.piercecountywa.org/emergency/.



MEDIA CONTACT: Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, 253-798-7470.
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