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Inslee statement regarding heeding evacuation orders in Eastern Washington due to wildfire danger

Governor's Office - 46 min 33 sec ago

“I want to urge people in the area of any Washington wildfire to heed evacuation orders and not take unnecessary risks. If you hear your town or area is under a Level 3 immediate evacuation notice that means there is very serious and very real threat.

Inslee statement regarding heeding evacuation orders in Eastern Washington due to wildfire danger

Access Washington News - 46 min 33 sec ago

“I want to urge people in the area of any Washington wildfire to heed evacuation orders and not take unnecessary risks. If you hear your town or area is under a Level 3 immediate evacuation notice that means there is very serious and very real threat.

Drinking water wells in fire areas should be protected

Access Washington News - 3 hours 13 min ago
Homeowners affected by wildfire are encouraged to inspect their drinking-water wells now to protect groundwater and their investment. Read more....

Cleanup report for future Bellingham park ready for review

Access Washington News - August 27, 2015 - 14:00
A contaminated waterfront site located at the foot of Cornwall Avenue is one step closer to becoming a city park with the release of a report that details an environmental investigation. Read more....

Fires continue to devastate Eastern Washington

Access Washington News - August 27, 2015 - 12:13
More than 780,000 acres have burned in 11 counties and tribal lands in Eastern Washington. President Obama has signed an Emergency Declaration that authorizes FEMA to assist with equipment and resources.

The fires have claimed an estimated 80 homes and displaced families and affected agriculture, businesses and countless communities. The weather forecast calls for rain over the weekend, but there's also a possibility of lightning in some areas. Several of the fires were started by lightning.
A photo from a wildfire in Wenatchee in July 2015 (OIC photo)
The Insurance Commissioner’s website has information for consumers about wildfires and homeowner’s insurance, including things you should talk to your insurance agent about and tips for protecting your home and belongings. We also have tips for filing a claim after a natural disaster and how to find disaster resources.

Here are resources from other agencies:
  • Follow news about the fires on Twitter at #WaWILDFIRE.
  • The Washington Department of Natural Resources has the most recent fire information available on its website and through its @waDNR_fire Twitter feed
  • Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency and instituted a statewide burn ban in June. You can view the Governor’s Wildfire Resource Page at http://bit.ly/WAwildfire
Some experts are predicting wildfires will continue into September. Here are some tips for preparing for wildfire risk:
  • Check your policy to make sure damage from wildfires is covered. Some policies include coverage for emergency shelter, such as a hotel, if a home is uninhabitable. 
  • Review your policy to make sure you have enough coverage. Things like fine art, jewelry and computer equipment may have limited coverage under a standard policy. But you can buy special coverage that gives you more protection for those types of items, called a rider. Contact your insurance agent or broker to ask about supplemental policies. 
  • Catalog your home’s belongings in case you need to make an insurance claim. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners has a printable home inventory checklist or you can try free iPhone/iPad or Android apps. 
  • You can help protect a rural home and limit the danger by clearing a natural fire break between your home and surrounding trees, brush and uncut fields. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has information on how to protect yourself and your home before, during and even after a wildfire. 
  • Have an emergency kit and a family communication plan. Know the location of your valuable papers, including insurance policy and contact information, mementos and anything you can't live without, so you can evacuate with them, if needed. 
  • Here's a list of recommended emergency supplies to keep on hand in the case of an evacuation. 
  • Don’t forget about planning for your pets. Ready.gov has tips for pet owners
Consumers can seek help with their insurance or ask insurance-related questions by calling our consumer advocates at 1-800-562-6900 or contacting us online.

Attorney General applauds state Supreme Court ruling on access to public records

Access Washington News - August 27, 2015 - 09:58

Unanimous high court opinion reflects reasoning of AG brief

OLYMPIA — Today in Nissen v. Pierce County, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously held that records on a public employee’s private cell phone can be “public records” and thus subject to disclosure.  The Court's decision largely agrees with an amicus, or "friend of the court," brief filed by the Attorney General's Office.

15-059 State Parks invites public on tour of South Whidbey Island State Park

Access Washington News - August 26, 2015 - 11:19
The public is invited to take one of two walking tours of South Whidbey Island State Park to learn more about the issues that led to the closure of the park's campground because of hazardous trees. The tours begin at 1 or 5:30 p.m., Sept. 16 at the park.

Wildfire relief sparks a wave of warnings

Access Washington News - August 25, 2015 - 13:33

Officials Warn of Bogus Relief Efforts, Encourage Wise Giving

More resources on way to fight wildfires

Access Washington News - August 24, 2015 - 16:10
More Guard on the way, new Mobilization Center formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts

Worker safety and health conference in Tacoma this October -- register now

Access Washington News - August 24, 2015 - 15:26

One of the largest safety and health conferences in the nation is coming to Tacoma in October. Registration is now open for the event.

Significant new resources arrive in WA following approval of Emergency Declaration

Governor's Office - August 23, 2015 - 09:30

Just one day following the Obama Administration's approval of Gov. Jay Inslee's request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, a new Mobilization Center started being formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts in Eastern Washington.
 

Significant new resources arrive in WA following approval of Emergency Declaration

Access Washington News - August 23, 2015 - 09:30

Just one day following the Obama Administration's approval of Gov. Jay Inslee's request for a Federal Emergency Declaration, a new Mobilization Center started being formed at Fairchild Air Force Base to assist with firefighting efforts in Eastern Washington.