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Emergency Management needs you to report wind damage

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Emergency Management needs to have reports of any damages to homes or businesses to know if Spokane county has enough damage to meet the minimum qualification of twenty-five homes or businesses affected, in order to be eligible for FEMA assistance. Emergency Management needs to have reports of any damages to homes or businesses to know if Spokane county has enough damage to meet the minimum qualification of twenty-five homes or businesses affected, in order to be eligible for FEMA assistance.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane County is just starting to assess the damage following a record windstorm in the Inland Northwest.  For the first two weeks the county says they were in the life safety mode and trying to do what they could to assist citizens.  Now they are asking people to report wind damage to find out if the county qualifies for federal aid. 

Emergency Management needs to have reports of any damages to homes or businesses to know if Spokane county has enough damage to meet the minimum qualification of twenty-five homes or businesses affected, in order to be eligible for FEMA assistance. 

"I have no doubt that we have more than 25 affected," says Gerry Bozarth, Disaster Recovery Manager,  "because I have a list of seventeen right here so far and we really haven't gotten the word out yet." 

When you look at the damage now that the winds have died down it's clear the storm left a trail of destruction in it's wake.  Emergency Management says people should report their damage even if they are insured.   

"A business could have very little physical damage but they could've had huge economic losses, thousands of dollars from six or seven days without power," says Bozarth.    

Governor Inslee has already declared a disaster for the state of Washington.  Now he has to gather information from affected areas to determine whether Washington has enough damage to apply for a presidentially declared disaster

To report windstorm damage, go to http://www.spokanecounty.org/emergencymgmt/ and click on the Report Wind Damage link. 

"We can identify those without insurance and without the means to make their homes safe and secure again," says Bozarth, "then direct them to the right resources." 

The last time a federal disaster was declared in Spokane County was back in 2008-2009 when the region got record snowfall.    

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