In January, Lt. Governor Habib was appointed to the Resilient Washington subcabinet by Governor Jay Inslee to prepare for any potential emergencies that may occur while serving as Acting Governor.The subcabinet has been directed to:
Identify data and information gaps that hinder preparedness and response plans.
Identify data and information to help guide a strategic public education campaign centered on personal preparedness.
Develop potential actions that can be coordinated across state agencies, local jurisdictions and federal partners to reduce risk and improve response in the event of an earthquake or tsunami.
Identify, prioritize and estimate costs for state actions that will improve public safety and earthquake preparedness and response.
The Lieutenant Governor is dedicated to helping Washingtonians prepare for any and all potential emergencies.Please see below for a list of resources aimed at providing all Washingtonians support in the case of an emergency.
For Individuals and Small Businesses
The Individual Assistance Program: IA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program to support individual and business recovery and is authorized through a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. The IA program has multiple components including cash assistance and crisis counseling, a detailed declaration process and benefits that vary depending on several factors. For more information about IA, click here
Individual Assistance, SBA, other Human Services Programs
Human Services Program Manager
The Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program: SBA disaster loans are available even without a Presidential Disaster Declaration and are a great tool to provide low-interest loans to individuals, families, businesses and organizations that suffer physical or economic loss due to a disaster or other disruption. For more Information about SBA Disaster Loans, click here.
Limited English Proficiency Program: The LEP program supports language accessibility for individuals, families and businesses by working with state and local governments and community organizations to promote preparedness activities in communities around the state. For more information about the LEP Program, click here.
Limited English Proficiency Program
Limited English Proficiency Coordinator
Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Restoration: Disaster Recovery includes both pre-disaster recovery planning and post-disaster recovery to re-envision and restore a community. Technical assistance and information is available for local governments, special districts, and organizations. For more information about Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Restoration, click here.
Other disaster assistance programs are available through other state and federal agencies. Please click here for an Excel file of disaster recovery programs and resources from multiple sources.
Immediate Emergency Assistance
The American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other voluntary organizations can and will provide immediate aid in the way of mass care (sheltering and feeding), medical assistance, animal control and sheltering, child care, clothing, clean-up help, transportation help and some personal property assistance. This assistance is available upon the request of the individual or government agencies during any significant emergency, through capacity varies from community to community. To learn more about Washington Voluntary Organizations, please visit the Washington Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (WAVOAD) website.
Enhanced 911 Program
To learn more about the Washington State Enhanced 911 (E911) Program please click here.