Friday, December 26, 2008

Report Your Damage Now

On December 24, 2008, Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire declared a State of Emergency for all Washington State based on the severe weather conditions we have experienced.

If you have damages from the recent winter weather, it is imperative that home and business owners file a report with the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management immediately. The number to call is 360-307-5870. In addition to reporting damages, call your insurance agent to check on your coverage.

Information to have on hand:

  • Name and address of the affected property.
  • A description of damage, even if it is insured.
  • A personal estimate of losses that will be uninsured.
  • An estimate of the fair market value of the damaged home or business.

Also to consider for families and individuals:

  • If you need housing, food and other basics, notify the American Red Cross chapter in your community (360-377-3761).
  • Keep records of all clean-up and repair costs and, if possible, document with photographs.

For Business Owner only: Small business owners have two kind of damage to consider; physical and economic. The State of Washington must certify that at least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury and need financial assistance not otherwise available.

For more information call the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management at 360-307-5870.

--Posted by Registered Voter

Information courtesy of Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal

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