Natural Disaster Assistance Program

Mission Statement

The intent of the Puyallup Tribe’s Natural Disaster Assistance Program is to provide monetary assistance and/or shelter support to Tribal members when a natural disaster occurs such as floods, severe wind or snow storms, hurricanes, mud slides, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados and fire.

Contact Information

3009 E. Portland Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98404

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

(253) 680-5671

Dennis Young, Director of Public Safety

Jason Dillon, Assistant Director

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be:
• Puyallup Tribe member 18 years and older;
• Primary residence of the applicant, provide verification;
• Apply within 2 weeks of disaster;
• Provide documentation of natural disaster from official agency;
• Residence must be deemed unlivable for no less than 48 hours.

Ineligible Assistance

Any structural damage caused by fire accident (rental units) is the responsibility of the landlord.

Definitions Unit

Unlivable: Applicant cannot reside in unit for more than 48 hours based on damage;
Unit Inaccessible: Applicant is evacuated from their primary unit and not allowed entry by officials.

Assistance: Financial and Hotel Stay

Financial: Family Size

  • 1-2 Puyallup Tribal members $500;
  •  3-4 Puyallup Tribal members $1,000;
  • 5 or more $1,500 and additional $1,000 will be granted if primary residence is completely unlivable and will be assessed by Public Safety Director or other official agency. Hotel Stay (weather related evacuations only):
  • If you live within the boundaries of the Puyallup Tribe and your primary unit is located in an evacuation area deemed inaccessible by a Council Determination Report. Applicant qualifies for hotel stay at Emerald Queen Casino at no cost to applicant or if rooms are not available, Council may issue hotel vouchers at a rate equal or less than the rate of the EQC.

Applications, Policies and Procedures

Natural Disaster Assistance Applications and Policies and Procedures can be found here.
Please Note: policies are subject to change during the course of the year.