REPORTING STORM DAMAGE
The period during which the Island County Department of Emergency Services (DES) can collect and submit information about UNINSURED storm damage to PRIMARY residences and businesses -is about 14 days following the event (exact dates will be set and published). The reporting period is set by state and federal guidelines and DES cannot extend the reporting period.
DES compiles the received information and sends it to the state Emergency Management Division (EMD) for analysis. The state will compile all the data and work with FEMA to determine if the amount of reported damage will qualify for a state declaration of emergency.
If your Island County primary residence or business sustains physical damage from a storm, other natural hazard, or other major incident you should fill in the information collection sheet at this link: Damage Data and either e-mail it to DES (email@example.com), FAX it to DES (360-679-7370), or drop it off at either the County Annex on Camano ISland or at the DES office in Coupeville. If you still have questions about the damage reporting process, please call Island County DES at any of the following toll free numbers:
From North Whidbey Island: (360) 679-7370
From South Whidbey Island: (360) 321-5113 X 7370
From Camano Island: (360) 629-4523 X 7370
Additionally, some common questions about private property disaster assistance is answered in the document at EMD Answers
Island County and DES only collects the basic information and has no ability to make awards or estimate the chance of damage reimbursement.
If you have questions about this process please call DES at the above numbers or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org