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On behalf of the City of Aberdeen / City of Hoquiam / Grays Harbor County

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOAN PROGRAM ENDS MARCH 30th: SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters.

The application deadline for the January 2015 Storm/ Flood is MARCH 30, 2015.

 SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation;

 Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence;

 Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property;

 Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury;

 SBA offers low-interest working capital loans (called Economic Injury Disaster Loans) to small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes having difficulty meeting obligations as a result of the disaster.

There are two ways to apply for a SBA loan prior to the deadline on March 30, 2015:

 You may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

 For information or to find a location near you, call SBA at (800) 659-2955 or visit our website at: Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

 You may complete a paper application and mail it to SBA at: 14925 Kingsport Road, Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243.

GRAYS HARBOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM STAND-DOWN: The local Incident Management Team in conjunction with the Coastal Community Action Program are starting the process to stand-down formal flood relief coordination from the January 2015 Storm/ Flood.

All open requests for assistance processed through CCAP have been either addressed, are in progress or have been referred to other resources. The three teams from the Washington Conservation Corps have completed their work, although some volunteer groups are expected to continue working on already assigned rehabilitation projects for weeks or months to come.

Citizens with future needs related to the disaster will be referred to other possible resources for assistance. With the closure of the SBA loan application process, there is no additional relief assistance anticipated at this time. 



Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Offers a Variety of Ways to Receive Severe Weather and Emergency and Disaster Information.

During emergency and disaster events, social media becomes a frenzy of information and tends to obtain a life of its own.  A tremendous amount of great information is relayed through social media.  At times rumor, misinformation and old information is communicated through different social media outlets, which in turn can be passed on to others by unsuspecting users of the various social media outlets.

Grays Harbor Emergency Management posts the most up to date and verified information available anywhere through all of the outlets described below. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO VERIFY INFORMATION BEFORE PASSING IT ON TO OTHERS.

•The quickest way to receive emergency and disaster information from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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•You can follow the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Website at:

•We recommend all citizens sign up for the Grays Harbor County Notification System for emergency and disaster alerts from Grays Harbor County Emergency Management via phone call, text and e-mail. You must voluntarily sign up for the notification system to receive the alerts at:

•All Grays Harbor County citizens are urged to obtain an All Hazard ALERT Weather Radio for immediate alerts for severe weather and disaster information.

•Remember, television usually DOES NOT broadcast the correct emergency information for your site specific location in Grays Harbor County.

•All local AM/FM radio stations will transmit the most up to date information from Grays Harbor Emergency Management.

•You can also receive an informational e-mail from Emergency Management on a one to two day basis with information on world disaster events, new information on natural hazards and general preparedness issues. To be added to our e-mail list, send your name and e-mail address to:


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If you need assistance in obtaining the specific information you seek, please e-mail Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at:
or call (360)-249-3911 x 1575


Division of Emergency Management

Emergency Management Role in Grays Harbor County

The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is responsible for developing and maintaining a Countywide infrastructure for emergency/disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.

This is accomplished by means of a cooperative, multi-jurisdictional organization which includes the Cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, McCleary, Montesano, Oakville, Ocean Shores, Westport, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, the Quinault Indian Nation, all 15 County Fire Districts and every Grays Harbor County Department.

Emergency Operations Center


DEM is responsible for maintaining the EOC in a constant state of readiness. During a countywide disaster, the EOC becomes the hub of information gathering and dissemination, strategic decision making, resource allocation and incident coordination. Representatives from law enforcement, fire services and public health, environmental health, EMS, as well as other organizations from throughout the county work together to coordinate the response.

Division Functions

The Division of Emergency Management actively prepares for and participates in the following functions:
Disaster Planning
Disaster/Emergency Response Planning
Disaster/Emergency Recovery Planning
Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
Emergency Preparedness
Exercises for Disaster & Emergency Response
Hazardous Materials Response Planning
Public Education & Outreach
Responder Training


The StormReady program helps community leaders prepare their communities for severe weather. Severe weather includes thunderstorms, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, high heat, high winds, and extreme cold weather. Although no community is storm proof, StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives through planning, education, and awareness.

TsunamiReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local operations by being sufficiently prepared to save lives in the event of a Tsunami through better planning, education and awareness. Although no community is tsunami proof, being TsunamiReady can help minimize loss to our community.

Grays Harbor County has received both designations of StormReady and TsunamiReady. DEM continues to work on planning, education and awareness.