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Landscape on fire.

Broadband Connectivity and Emergency Communications in Elk, WA

Although broadband internet has significantly improved emergency communications, it is unfortunately not available everywhere. Keith Davis, a third generation rural Eastern Washingtonian, shares how lack of broadband access during the Oregon Road wildfire in Elk, WA area in August 2023 made the dangerous situation worse. Read Keith’s Story in the Original Article

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Building Permits for Fire Survivors in Spokane County

March 14th Building Permit Deadline to Avoid Higher Costs Under New Code

Spokane County, WA Building and Planning Office Special Notice from Jordan Neal, Building Official: “Pursuant to changes made by the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC), Spokane County will adopt and require construction projects requiring building permits be designed to the new 2021 Building Codes on March 15, 2024. To vest a construction project requiring

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open

Disaster Recovery Centers are now open to those who would like to speak, in person, to specialists from FEMA, the U.S Small Business Administration, the Washington Emergency Management Division, and Spokane County Emergency Management. These representatives will be available to help survivors apply for disaster assistance, answer questions about the registration process, and meet with

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A gloved hand holding a sample of asbestos.

Asbestos Testing Reimbursement
for Oregon & Gray Road Fire Survivors

All fire survivors of the Oregon Road Fire in Elk, WA and Gray Road Fire in Medical Lake, WA are eligible for asbestos testing reimbursement. This includes the insured, underinsured and the uninsured. Proof of income is not required for asbestos testing reimbursement. If you have not already had your debris tested for asbestos, please

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The mayor of Medical Lake, Terri Cooper, at a meeting.

Your support is needed on these upcoming House Bills

We are looking for support on the following House Bills: 1952, establishing a statewide long term recovery group and creating a disaster playbook. 1899, ensuring communities can rebuild to current code standards after damage or destruction from wildfires (new energy code waiver) 1402, allowing local governments to adjust urban growth areas to account for land

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Letters sent in to the Innovia foundation for support.

Innovia Foundation emergency fund raises $700,000 in less than a week for wildfire victims

More than $700,000 has been raised in less than a week since the Innovia Foundation launched the Eastern Washington Wildfire Emergency Response Fund to help victims of area fires that broke out Aug. 18. The fund started Monday with $200,000 seeded: $50,000 each from the Washington Trust Bank, Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Premera Blue Cross

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