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Storm prompts DSHS to help

Wed., July 25, 2012

Mobile office set up to assist residents

The Department of Social and Health Services sent a mobile Customer Service Office to Keller in Ferry County on Monday to assist residents who need access to social services.

The mobile office will allow residents access to food, cash and medical benefits after a storm knocked power out to more than 2,500 homes and left many homeless.

Ferry County officials and the Colville Tribes requested assistance from the state after a Friday storm downed trees, power and phone lines, and killed one person at a campground, according to a DSHS news release.

Most of the county will be dealing with power outages for the next few days. The Department of Natural Resources reported Tuesday that more than 2,000 Ferry County Public Utilities District customers remained without power, mostly “more distant connections.”

The Washington state Emergency Management Division will assist residents along with the Red Cross, which established a command center in Keller Community Center.

The mobile offices have specialists who can process applications for benefits, conduct eligibility interviews, process changes to current recipients, issue EBT cards, and authorize benefits to approved households, often on the same day.

A public information session is planned for 7 p.m. today at Republic High School to give residents an update about restoration of services.


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