Report windstorm damage to emergency management agencies

November 16, 2010

By Staff

UPDATED — 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010

The state Emergency Management Division encourages residents to report damage from the Monday night windstorm.

State emergency planners said homeowners and business owners should notify local emergency management agencies to damage. Find a list of local agencies and contact information here.

If a business owner suffered economic injury as a result of the severe weather, he or she should also report the information to the local emergency management agency.

This initial damage information is compiled and assessed to determine if citizens and businesses in the state qualify for federal assistance in recovering from the storm.

Winds gusting at more than 40 mph toppled trees and downed power lines, plunging thousands of customers across the region into darkness.

Early data from the PEMCO Storm Index shows the Nov. 15 windstorm had a minor impact compared to other severe weather events in the region during the past quarter-century. Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance received more than 170 storm-related claims estimated at $979,000 claims dollars in the days after the storm.

The storm is on track to become the 14th-largest windstorm in PEMCO’s experience since 1984 — far below the largest event, the 2006 Chanukah Eve windstorm. The storm caused almost $27 million in damage in inflation-adjusted dollars and left Issaquah and other Western Washington residents without power for days.

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