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MEDIA ALERT: Drive-through flu vaccinations with COVID testing kicks off this week in Clackamas County - 10/21/20

Media invited to preview clinic 2:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 22, 2020; clinic opens to public at 3:30 p.m.

What: Clackamas County Public Health along with Vaccinate Clackamas is holding seven FREE drive through flu vaccination clinics with COVID-19 testing available at most of the clinics.

County health officials say flu shots are a critical step this year for more than just your own health. Slowing the spread of flu will help reserve healthcare resources for COVID patients.

Media avail: Pre-opening: 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Clinic open to public 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Who: Kim La Croix, Clackamas County Public Health Manager

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

Where: Molalla High School, 357 E. Francis St., Molalla, OR 97038

Additional clinics: A list of all Clackamas County flu vaccination clinics is online at www.clackamas.us/publichealth/immunizations.html

Clackamas County's Fire Resource Center in Molalla extends operations through 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 - 10/15/20

The Clackamas County Emergency Operations Center has extended the operations of the Fire Resource Center in Molalla through Thursday, Oct. 22, to coincide with the current schedule of FEMA registration staff and the Oregon Debris Management Taskforce’s extended deadline for submission of its right-of-entry permission form.

The Fire Resource Center was designed to be a "one-stop shopping” assistance center to help individuals and families recover following the wildfires. At least 185 Clackamas County residents have visited the Fire Resource Center for help since it opened Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Clackamas County wildfire victims are urged to submit right-of-entry forms as soon as possible. The form allows government contractors to remove household hazardous waste from your property at no cost to you. This saves you money you may need to rebuild.

Clackamas County has posted a great deal of useful information online to help residents recover and rebuild, including the right of entry form. Visit www.clackamas.us/wildfires.

The Fire Resource Center will continue to facilitate FEMA registrations for federal aid and the submission of right-of-entry forms. Salvation Army food boxes and American Red Cross cleanup kits are still available as well.

The Fire Resource Center is located in the Molalla River School District Community Gymnasium at 412 S. Sweigle Ave., Molalla, OR 97038. It is open 9 a.m.—6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. It is closed Sundays.

Media Advisory: Clackamas County and Oregon DEQ hold online community meeting Tuesday evening to warn wildfire victims of impending deadlines - 10/12/20

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality spokespeople will join Clackamas County disaster management officials at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 in an online community meeting via Zoom and Facebook live stream, to help Clackamas County residents recover and rebuild after the wildfires.

The online community meeting will also warn wildfire victims of two impending deadlines.

  • Friday, Oct. 16 is the last day residents can submit to DEQ a right-of-entry form allowing contractors to clean up household hazardous waste at no cost to property owners.
  • Friday, Oct. 16 is the last day the Fire Resource Center at 412 S. Swiegle St. in Molalla will be open.

The zoom link for this meeting: https://clackamascounty.zoom.us/j/95336184989?pwd=NjlseXRBRHJkOG00RzZ4QmJ6QndXdz09

Passcode: 024936

Or iPhone one-tap:  

US: +16699006833, 95336184989# or +12532158782, 95336184989#

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Webinar ID: 953 3618 4989

The meeting will be carried live on Clackamas County’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ClackamasCounty

Residents can ask questions by using Zoom’s ‘raise your hand’ feature; by using Zoom’s chat; by commenting in the Facebook live stream; or by emailing EOCPIO@clackamas.us.

Media Advisory: Online community meeting set for Thursday Oct. 8 to warn fire victims of crucial deadline to have household hazardous materials removed for free - 10/07/20

Clackamas county disaster management officials also extend Fire Resource Center in Molalla another week

Clackamas County officials will host an online community meeting at 5:00 p.m. Thursday Oct. 8 to explain how county fire victims  can obtain the knowledge and assistance they need to rebuild their lives—and to warn them about a fast-approaching crucial deadline.

Friday Oct. 16th is the final date that fire victims can submit a right of entry form to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to have their household hazardous material removed for free.

The fire resource center at 412 S. Swiegle Ave., Molalla, OR 97038 (in the Molalla River School District community gymnasium) will remain open to fire victims 9:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. through Friday Oct. 16, to coincide with the DEQ deadline.

The Thursday Oct. 8 online community meeting will be held via Zoom (https://clackamascounty.zoom.us/j/95336184989?pwd=NjlseXRBRHJkOG00RzZ4QmJ6QndXdz09; passcode 024936) and will also be livestreamed on the county’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ClackamasCounty).

When were you told to evacuate? Find out from the Clackamas County wildfires web page - 10/02/20

Plan ahead to make sure you have what you need to quickly apply for assistance from your insurance company or the federal government; then visit the county’s Fire Resource Center in Molalla to obtain more help filling out the paperwork

Clackamas County residents who suffered damage or loss from the September 2020 wildfires will need to know when the county required them to evacuate, in order to apply for federal assistance or to seek reimbursement for sheltering costs from their home insurance coverage. But in the chaos of fleeing the flames, who’s going to remember that?

We have your answer. Visit www.clackamas.us/wildfires, click on the button labeled “LOOK UP EVACUATION DATES FOR INSURANCE” and enter your property address in the window on the right side of the map. The map will point to your address and you’ll see the dates you were required to evacuate, for use in insurance and FEMA applications.

“We worked out this solution to a paperwork problem because we want to cut as much red tape as possible,” said Nancy Bush, Clackamas County Disaster Manager. “We’re doing everything we can to make it easier for fire victims to get both the knowledge and the financial help they need to recover from this crisis.”

Please be aware that the date of evacuation is only one piece of information you need in order to apply for assistance or reimbursement. FEMA has created a short guide to help you fill out your application for federal assistance, available at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf. Read the guide before filling out the application. Your insurance agent should be able to explain the documentation you need to make an insurance claim.

And we can help. We strongly encourage fire victims to visit the Clackamas County Fire Resource Center in Molalla, located at 412 S. Swiegle Ave, Molalla, 97038. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Oct. 10, 2020. (It is closed Sundays.) It provides a ‘one-stop shopping’ experience by offering fire victims a wide range of information all in one place, including FEMA help in filling out federal assistance forms; County help answering questions about permitting, debris removal, assessments, taxation, and health insurance; and trained experts providing help with a host of emotional issues victims may be experiencing, including one-on-one trauma counseling, and help with anxiety or grief.

Media Advisory: Clackamas County extends hours for 'one-stop shopping' Fire Resource Center to help county's fire victims - 09/30/20

Clackamas County has partnered with government agencies, non-profits and other support organizations to establish a fire resource center to help victims of Clackamas County fires obtain the knowledge and assistance they need to rebuild their lives.

Extended hours: The fire resource center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through Saturday Oct. 10, 2020. (Please note: The Fire Resource Center is closed Sundays.)

Where: 412 S. Swiegle Ave., Molalla, OR 97038, Molalla River School District Community Gymnasium

Help provided: Fire victims will find a wide range of information, services, and help filling out application forms, including:

  • Assessment and Taxation: Learn about the possibility of tax relief due to wildfire damage or destruction to your property 
  • County Behavioral Health Division’s Go Teams: Trained psychological first aid providers can help you with anxiety, unemployment, grief and a host of other emotional issues you may face after this natural disaster
  • County Building Division: Find answers to your questions about permitting, building processes, and rebuilding
  • County Human Services: Obtain information about self-sufficiency, aging and disability, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), health insurance, and much more
  • FEMA: FEMA will help you with paperwork and navigating the federal system. You can also visit DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for assistance
  • Returning to your home information guides
  • Other services: Find out about one-on-one trauma counseling; talk to wildfire insurance staff

Media Release: Evacuation orders lifted for all of Clackamas County - 09/29/20

All evacuation orders for Clackamas County are lifted effective immediately.

As of Monday, approximately 1100 homes were under a Level 3 evacuation order and a few thousand under a Level II order due to the wildfires that impacted Clackamas County.

“Lifting evacuation orders is a huge step in the direction to recovery”, said Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard. “Thank you for being quick to act and following those evacuation order. We have a long way to recovery and the county will be with you every step of the way.”

Clackamas County in partnership with the various fire crews and the Clackamas County Sherriff’s Office started issuing evacuation orders Tuesday, Sept. 8. For some who have been evacuated, today is the first time they can return home.

People impacted by the wildfires can seek disaster assistance by visiting the Fire Resource Center starting Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Molalla River School District Community Gym at 412 South Swiegle Avenue, Molalla, OR 97038.

At the resource center, you will find representatives from Clackamas County, FEMA, state agencies and the American Red Cross.

Visit www.Clackamas.us/wildfires

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Media advisory: Clackamas County 'one-stop shopping' Community Resource Center helps county's fire victims - 09/28/20

What: Several government agencies, non-profits and utilities will help victims of the Clackamas County fires obtain the knowledge and assistance they need to rebuild their lives.

Who: Clackamas County Commissioner Schrader, Clackamas County departments, along with state and federal agencies.

When: Tuesday 9/29, 12 noon—1:00 p.m.: Media are welcome to join Clackamas County emergency operations center leaders walk through the resources available. Reporters are free to ask individual fire victims present at the time if they wish to talk to the media.

County officials would like to encourage the community to spread the news of available resources to neighbors. Return-to-home packets and flyers will be available at the community resource center.

The resource center will be open to fire victims 9:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. through at least Friday 10/2/2020.

Where: 412 S. Swiegle Ave., Molalla, OR 97038, Molalla River School District Community Gymnasium

Media Contacts: Kimberly Dinwiddie, Clackamas County Communications, 971-219-7271, KDinwiddie@clackamas.us; Jenna Cooper, APR, 503-880-8881, Jcooper@clackamas.us

Media advisory: Clackamas County Resource Centers open this weekend to help wildfire victims - 09/26/20

While there’s not much news to report from the Clackamas County wildfires this weekend, there IS some good news for wildfire victims: FEMA is staffing two resource centers in the county this weekend to help people apply for federal assistance.

The resource centers are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Estacada City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St., Estacada, OR 97023, and the Molalla River School District Community Gymnasium, 412 S. Swiegle Ave., Molalla, OR 97038.

The Estacada resource center will close after Sunday. The Molalla resource center will run all next week.

Media advisory: Clackamas County wildfires community meeting set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 - 09/23/20

Media advisory:

Clackamas County wildfires community meeting set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Facebook live stream: www.facebook.com/clackamascounty

Zoom:  https://clackamascounty.zoom.us/j/95336184989?pwd=NjlseXRBRHJkOG00RzZ4QmJ6QndXdz09

Telephone: 669-900-6833 or 253-215-8782 

Webinar ID: 953 3618 4989

Passcode: 024936

Agenda:

  • Fire updates
  • County recovery
  • Fire resource centers
  • Applying for FEMA aid
  • Debris removal
  • COVID-19 updates

Remote Q&A: Anyone can ask questions via Facebook chat or talk with the presenters through Zoom.

YouTube: After the live stream is complete, the video will be posted to Clackamas County’s YouTube channel, #ClackCo TV. This usually takes a few hours

Media Advisory: Clackamas County Commissioners Tour Wildfire Ravaged Areas Wednesday; News Media Pool Invited - 09/22/20

Media Advisory:  Clackamas County Commissioners Tour Wildfire Ravaged Areas Wednesday; News Media Pool Invited
 
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 

WHAT: Clackamas County Commissioners tour the Riverside and Dowty fires to better assess resource needs for residents; reporters meet Commissioners; then reporters tour Dowty fire. Fire officials will lead a small convoy of news vehicles.

 

WHO: Clackamas County Commissioners: Jim Bernard (Chair), Paul Savas, Martha Schrader, Ken Humberston, Sonya Fischer

 

WHERE: Estacada Fire Station, 445 SE Currin St., Estacada, OR 97023

 

MEDIA OPP: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Clackamas County is limiting the number of news media to the following. Please pool:

Television: One videographer, one reporter

Radio: One reporter

Print: Two reporters, one photographer

 

RSVP’s are required (to EOCMedia@clackamas.us)

 

PLEASE DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. Proper boots, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and hard hats will provide some protection. We do NOT have gear for those not bringing their own.