Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Dan Newhouse (4th District of Washington)
Headline: Newhouse Announces Major Disaster Declaration, Urges Relief for Washington Homeowners and Businesses
Newhouse Announces Major Disaster Declaration, Urges Relief for Washington Homeowners and Businesses
February 4, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Washington state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the devastating 2020 wildfire season:
“Following yet another record-setting wildfire season, our communities are in desperate need of this assistance. With whole towns practically wiped off the map, this funding from FEMA will go a long way to help us begin to rebuild and recover,” said Rep. Newhouse. “While this emergency support is a much-needed step in the right direction, I urge the Administration to approve our request for Individual Assistance so that Central Washington’s homeowners and businesses can also receive the relief they need.”
FEMA approved Public Assistance (PA) for Douglas, Franklin, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skamania Counties as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. PA provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities as well as Hazard Mitigation Grant programs. The request for Individual Assistance remains under review.
Additionally, FEMA approved state-wide eligibility for Hazard Mitigation Grant programs, which support efforts by states, local and tribal governments, and partners to reduce or eliminate long-term risk of future natural disasters, including conservation and mitigation projects.