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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - Oct. 28, 2020 (Photo) - 10/28/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 28, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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Phoenix, Ore. - October 9, 2020 - A sign of hope in the aftermath of the Almeda wildfire. Photo by David Yost/FEMA
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Gates, Ore. - September 27 2020 - After a fire raced through the town of Gates, Oregon in early September, huge amounts of twisted steel and burned out cars can be seen. Photo Patsy Lynch/FEMA
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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - Oct. 26, 2020 (Photo) - 10/26/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 26, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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Glide, Ore. - October 22, 2020 - Damage from the Archie Creek Fire in the Umpqua National Forest. Photo by David Yost/FEMA

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Lincoln County, Ore. - September 21, 2020 - A lone mailbox sits on the groud after its post was destroyed by the Echo Mountain Complex fire near Lincoln City Oregon. Photo by Jeff Markham/FEMA

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Wildfire Recovery Update 10.23.2020 (Photo) - 10/23/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 23, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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Phoenix, Ore. - October 9, 2020 - Damage from the Almeda wildfire. Photo by David Yost/FEMA
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Glide, Ore. - October 22, 2020 - New growth emerges from the remains of the Archie Creek Fire in the Umpqua National Forest. Photo by David Yost/FEMA
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Wildfire Recovery Update 10.21.2020 (Photo) - 10/21/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 21, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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Phoenix, Ore. --- October 19, 2020 -- EPA crews in full PPE gear removing hazordous waste at a propety in Phoenix, Ore. 

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EPA Stands Up Second Wildfire Recovery Response Staging Area at Oregon State Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Salem - 10/21/20

Contact:   Mark MacIntyre/USEPA/206-553-7302/ e.mark@epa.gov">macintyre.mark@epa.gov

As the next step in Oregon’s wildfire rebuilding and recovery,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been asked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) and the State of Oregon to collect household hazardous materials from burned properties to protect residents and to ensure these materials are disposed of properly and safely.

To accomplish this task and aid Oregon’s recovery, EPA is now assembling teams and setting up a temporary equipment staging area to help residents in Marion County and surrounding counties recover from the fire and begin rebuilding their lives. This Response Staging Area will be similar to the one recently established in Central Point, Oregon, as part of EPA’s operations in Jackson County.

The Response Staging Area will occupy 5.4 acres of a parking area within the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, located at 2330 17th Street NE, in SalemAdditional, satellite “Transfer Station” areas are being planned for other areas as cleanup operations expand and accelerate.

The staging area is expected to be operational by October 26, 2020. EPA is deeply grateful for the State Fair, State of Oregon and City of Salem’s assistance and flexibility, allowing EPA’s Response Staging Area to temporarily share the fairgrounds property and assist the community in recovery.

EPA and their contractors will operate the facility, which will be secured 24 hours a day, where response workers will evaluate, organize and consolidate materials that EPA field teams will be recovering from burned properties in the area. It will also serve as the main assembly, assignment and dispatch point for agency responders and contractors each morning as they head to area worksites.

To protect workers and neighbors, air monitors will be used around the work site to be sure asbestos fibers and other harmful chemicals are not released to the air. In addition, locals may see the workers in HAZMAT suits to protect them from prolonged exposure to potentially harmful materials. EPA response officials ask everyone except authorized personnel to avoid the area due to the expected volume of vehicle traffic and construction activity over the next few months.

Fire-affected Oregon property owners now have a dedicated phone number - 541-225-5549 - to ask questions about EPA’s work at their property or to provide additional details about their property that will help speed the EPA removal work. The hotline offers service in both English and Spanish. Property owners now have another tool, the EPA Fire Recovery Story Map to view work progress in the area and get the latest information available about their property.

EPA and state officials want to stress that Response Staging Areas are NOT Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off centers for the community. Only authorized personnel will be allowed access to the site. Residents should contact their city or county recycling coordinators or public works departments to learn more about HHW collection services in their area.

Once the materials and containers arrive on site in sealed plastic containers and packaging, they will be inspected, organized and secured for shipment. They will be removed promptly by truck to be safely disposed of at a licensed & permitted disposal facility. Materials handled at the site may include:

  • BBQ & outdoor stove propane tanks
  • Cylinders, contents unknown, that can be transported safely
  • Batteries, ballasts, full and partial containers of household chemicals
  • Pool chemicals and household cleaners, polishes, varnish solvents and degreasers

The Response Staging Area is expected to operate between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, seven days a week, for approximately two months. EPA expects moderate levels of vehicle activity during operating hours, there will be bright lights illuminating the area for safety and unfortunately some unavoidable noise. Response officials are thanking local residents in advance for their patience and understanding during the construction, operation and dismantling of the facility when EPA’s work in the area is complete.

EPA’s Response Staging Area is part of federal, state and local actions responding to the recent tragic wildfires, aimed at helping Oregon residents recover and rebuild their lives.  For more information about the Wildfire Response please visit:  Wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup

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EPA begins Step 1 Household Hazardous Waste removal operations in Jackson County, Oregon - 10/20/20

Recovery work expected to take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week

(Salem, OR – October 20, 2020)  At the request of the State of Oregon and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun the work to survey, remove and dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) from properties in eight counties affected by the Oregon wildfires. This HHW removal is Step 1 of the overall response and is available at no cost to property owners.  

Fire-affected Oregon property owners now have a dedicated phone number - 541-225-5549 - to ask questions about EPA’s removal of household hazardous waste at their property or provide additional details about their property that will help speed the EPA removal work. The hotline offers service in both English and Spanish.

The removal of household hazardous waste is required before the property can be cleared of ash and debris. Property owners who have not already completed a “Right of Entry” (ROE) form with their county are strongly encouraged to do so to help speed cleanup operations in their area. See: Oregon’s Wildfire Cleanup website for more information on the needed forms.

EPA cleanup crews are now assessing and removing household hazardous wastes including products like paint, cleaners, solvents, pesticides, fuel, oil, batteries, and pressurized tanks.  

Once completed, EPA will post a sign indicating they’ve completed Step 1. See: Jackson County’s Wildfire Recovery website to sign your ROE for household hazardous waste removal.

EPA never asks for personal information like your immigration status, Social Security number, or bank account numbers. Property owners can visit Oregon’s Wildfire Resources for Home and Business Owners for tips on rebuilding after Steps 1 and 2 are complete. 

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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - Oct. 19, 2020 (Photo) - 10/19/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 19, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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Gates, Ore. - October 1, 2020 - Utility workers working in and around the Gates Oregon area repairing telephone lines and rebuilding the electrical grid. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA
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Media Availability with EPA Incident Commander to discuss launch of household hazardous waste cleanup in Jackson County (Photo) - 10/19/20

Hazardous materials removal signals start of recovery and rebuilding for people with signed Rights of Entry forms.

(Salem) – EPA cleanup teams are starting to remove household hazardous waste in Jackson County. EPA Incident Commander, Randy Nattis will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 - via Zoom - from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. IC Nattis will provide a brief overview of EPA’s role in Oregon’s fire recovery and describe the launch of the hazardous waste removal (STEP 1) work in southern Oregon. He will also touch on the Safety Protocols in place due to COVID-19.

Public information officers from the Oregon Debris Management Task Force and Jackson County will provide statements and be available for questions.

Available Officials:

  • Randy Nattis,  EPA Incident Commander
  • John Vial, Public Information Officer, Jackson County
  • Lauren Wirtis, Public Information Officer, Oregon Debris Management Task Force

When: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 | 10:00AM to 10:30AM

Link:  Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 891 0543 6195
Passcode: 292798

MEDIA CONTACTS

  • EPA: Mark MacIntyre, 206-553-1019
  • DEQ: Lauren Wirtis, 503-568-3295
  • Jackson County: John Vial, 541-621-4641

Background  Information

Removal of hazardous waste is the first step in the wildfire cleanup process and available at no cost to property owners. Prioritized due to the immediate threat to health, safety and the environment, hazardous waste cleanup is funded by the State of Oregon and FEMA in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties. Fire-affected Oregon property owners now have a dedicated phone number - 541-225-5549 - to ask questions about EPA’s removal of household hazardous waste at their property or provide additional details about their property that will help speed the EPA removal work. The hotline offers service in both English and Spanish.

Each of these counties have begun collecting Right of Entry forms. Right of Entry forms should be submitted as soon as possible so cleanup crews can come to their house. Links to each county’s Right of Entry fillable and/or printable form are available at  wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup. There is also a Right of Entry helpline with assistance available in English and Spanish at 682-800-5737.

Household hazardous waste can include but is not limited to fuel and petroleum, pool chemicals, car batteries, antifreeze, used oil filters, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, high pressure cylinders, disinfectants, aerosols, paint, and bleach. Cleanup crews will also identify and dispose of bulk asbestos materials when possible.

The second step in cleanup is ash and debris removal. After this step is complete, property owners will be able to begin rebuilding. State, county and federal partners are developing funding and implementation options for Step 2: Ash and debris removal.  

The State of Oregon’s Debris Management Task Force consists of the Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and is overseeing a coordinated effort by federal, state and local government agencies to address hazardous waste and debris removal.

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Wildfire Recovery Update 10.16.2020 (Photo) - 10/16/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 16, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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Marion County, Ore. -- Crews work to clear the road and restore power along OR Highway 22. Photo by Dominick Del Vecchio/FEMA.     

 

 

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Feeding Mission Transitions for Red Cross Shelter Clients - 10/15/20

After more than 210,000 meals served, the American Red Cross turns over the feeding mission for Oregon wildfire survivors to state agencies and local community vendors.

Since September 7 the American Red Cross has worked with a number of partners, including faith-based and community-based organizations, to provide meals to as many as 2,200 people per day who resided Red Cross sheltering options. As of Friday, October 16, the Red Cross will turn over the feeding mission for the approximate 2,000 wildfire survivors who are still sheltered in local hotels, and staying in RVs and other vehicles at outside venues such as county fairgrounds.

The Oregon Department of Human Services, in conjunction with other state agencies, has identified vendors in the fire-affected communities who have already been working with the Red Cross for meal preparation and service. These vendors have been selected to continue food service and will help to ensure that nutritionally balanced and culturally specific meals will continue to be delivered along the same schedule as was established under the Red Cross.

“It’s important to everyone involved in this transition that it is as seamless as possible,” said Ed Flick, director of emergency management, at Oregon Department of Human Services. “The Red Cross and partners have done a phenomenal job and we are committed to continuing to provide these critical resources until shelter clients move to other housing options.”

“Red Crossers have been working with Oregon wildfire survivors for more than a month,” said Dale Kunce of the American Red Cross. “Providing a warm place to stay, meals, and access to information and other resources is what we do. For many, the meals and snacks we serve are not just nourishment. They give people a small sense of normalcy, a bite to eat and a moment to take a breather.”

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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.

 

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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - Oct. 14, 2020 (Photo) - 10/14/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 9, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Portland, Ore. - October 18, 2018 - Students from Rigler Elementary School in Portland, Ore., "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" during the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill. Photo by Cory Grogan/OEM. 

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Blue River, Ore. - September 15, 2020 - The Holiday Farm Fire destroyed businesses, homes and vehicles in Blue River, Ore. Photo by David Yost/FEMA. 

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Drop, Cover and Hold On! Make a plan with your family to prepare for an earthquake - 10/13/20

It’s easy to forget about earthquake safety amid a global pandemic and ongoing wildfire recovery; however, Oregon is still earthquake territory. The Great Shakeout, an annual earthquake preparedness drill, takes place at 10:15 a.m. on October 15. This two-minute practice is an important safety drill that can be incorporated into homes, offices and virtual classrooms.

Oregon has many crustal faults that can cause earthquakes and substantial localized damage. In addition to the local faults, the off-shore Cascadia Subduction Zone extends from British Columbia, Canada to southern California.  Cascadia can produce very large earthquakes and tsunami that will likely affect the entire West Coast. Residents can prepare for even these very large disasters by taking small actions over time. Practicing your safety actions makes you more prepared.

Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management works with local communities to share information on what to expect and how to be prepared before, during and after an earthquake. This includes encouraging all Oregonians to participate in the Great Shakeout, a time when everyone can practice “drop, cover and hold on” – the number one safety action to take during any type of earthquake. 

“This year, with many working from home and students taking classes online, it’s a great opportunity to discuss earthquake safety and have an earthquake drill at home with your family,” said Andrew Phelps, OEM director.

Other earthquake safety tips include strapping down your home’s water heater and locating your home’s gas and water lines to shut them off quickly should it be necessary. When meeting with your household, take a walk around your home to identify heavy objects that are on high shelves that could fall; relocate those items to lower shelves and make sure that heavy furniture items are braced for safety. Also discuss the best place to meet should you become separated during the event and make a plan to communicate with loved ones. Identify the best place for your preparedness items and make sure everyone in the household knows where those items are located. 

“After a large-scale event, such as a Cascadia quake, it could take some time for formal response resources to be available,” said Phelps. “That’s why it’s crucial to make plans with your family and neighbors to be prepared for at least two weeks.”

For tips on how to be “Two-Weeks Ready” visit our website at https://www.oregon.gov/OEM/hazardsprep/Pages/2-Weeks-Ready.aspx

Participants can register for the Great ShakeOut at https://www.shakeout.org/oregon/

Videos are available to help households identify priorities for preparing for an earthquake:
Life Happens Fast – You can be prepared for unexpected emergencies
Life Happens Fast (Water)
Life Happens Fast (Food)
Life Happens Fast – Great ShakeOut

Wildfire Survivors Encouraged to Apply with FEMA Even if They Have Insurance - 10/13/20

 People who were affected by the Oregon wildfires and straight-line winds and who live in  Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties should apply for FEMA assistance even if they are covered by insurance or have registered with other agencies.

How can insured applicants qualify for FEMA assistance?

Under federal law, FEMA cannot duplicate insurance settlements or other benefits, but there are cases where insured survivors might still be eligible for FEMA help. For example:

  • Your settlement was delayed longer than 30 days after you filed a claim.
  • The settlement does not fully cover all your losses and needs.
  • You exhausted the additional living expenses provided in your policy.
  • You cannot locate suitable rental resources in your community.

Take the Following Steps to Make Sure You Get All Eligible Help

  • File your insurance claims for the damage caused by the fires as soon as possible.
  • Apply with FEMA for assistance. You don’t have to wait for your insurance settlement to apply. If you have registered with other organizations, you still need to apply with FEMA if you want to be considered for FEMA assistance. Here’s how:
    • Call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. PDT, seven days a week.
    • Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service.  It is important that FEMA is able to make contact. Phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.
    • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • Check FEMA’s mobile app

After You Apply With FEMA

  • Once you have applied, you have 12 months to let FEMA know if your insurance coverage was not enough and you want to be considered for help.
  • To request FEMA assistance, fax or mail FEMA a letter explaining the circumstances to:
    • FEMA Individuals and Households Program,
      National Processing Center,
      P.O. Box 10055
      Hyattsville, MD 20702-8055
    • Or Fax: 800-827-8112

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.

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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - Oct. 12, 2020 (Photo) - 10/12/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 12, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

 

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Gates, Ore. - September 27 2020 - After a fire raced through the town of Gates, Ore., earlier in the month, huge amounts of twisted steel and burned cars can be seen. (Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA)

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Lincoln County, Ore. - September 21, 2020 - Cory Royer, Division A Supervisor from FEMA, inspects water system equipment damaged by the Echo Mountain Complex fire near Lincoln City, Ore. (Photo by Jeff Markham / FEMA)

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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - Oct. 9, 2020 (Photo) - 10/09/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for Oct. 9, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

 

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A flag flies over burned areas in Jackson County, Ore. (Photo courtesy of Almeda and Obenchain Fire Information Facebook Page)


Lincoln City, Ore. - September 30 2020 - FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are providing services to residents of Lincoln County, OR who have survived fires. (Photo by Patsy Lynch / FEMA)

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Submit forms for free removal of household hazardous waste from burned properties; Right of Entry forms due Oct. 16 (Photo) - 10/08/20

(Salem, OR) –To allow cleanup teams to  begin removal of hazardous materials from burned properties, county officials and Oregon’s Debris Management Task Force are urging residents to submit access agreements, called Right of Entry forms Removal of hazardous waste is the first step in the wildfire cleanup process and available at no cost to property owners. 

Prioritized due to the immediate threat to health, safety and the environment, hazardous waste cleanup is funded by the State of Oregon and FEMA in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties. Each of these counties have begun collecting Right of Entry forms. Right of Entry forms are due to counties by October 16, and must be signed before free hazardous waste removal can occur. These are simple forms that require only your name, address and insurance information if you have insurance.

Links to each county’s Right of Entry fillable and/or printable form are available at wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup. There is also a Right of Entry helpline with assistance available in English and Spanish at 1-682-800-5737.

The second step in cleanup is ash and debris removal. After this step is complete, property owners will be able to begin rebuilding. State, county and federal partners are developing funding and implementation options for Step 2: Ash and debris removal. 

The State of Oregon’s Debris Management Task Force consists of the Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and is overseeing a coordinated effort by federal, state and local government agencies to address hazardous waste and debris removal. 

In an effort to help impacted Oregonians navigate this challenging process, the Task Force is providing the following guidance.

WILDFIRE CLEANUP AND INSURANCE

The state will not recoup money from your insurance that could have otherwise gone to rebuilding your home. Residents have shared concerns that signing a Right of Entry for hazardous waste removal will allow the state to take money from property owners’ insurance. This is not true. 

Household hazardous waste and debris removal can cost $75,000 or more. If you choose to complete cleanup yourself, the cost may take away from funds that could otherwise go towards rebuilding your home.

BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL FRAUD REGARDING DEBRIS REMOVAL

Unfortunately, disaster provides opportunity for those seeking to take advantage of vulnerable populations via scams and fraud.

Be skeptical of anyone promising immediate cleanup and debris removal, and be wary of people who quote outrageous prices or demand payment upfront.

Research contractors, verify they have an active license and check their complaint history through the Construction Contractors Board at ccb.state.or.us/search. Never pay by wire transfer, gift card, cash, or by signing over an insurance check. And never make the final payment until the work is done.

Don't give into pressure from your insurance company to settle. Call the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation at 1-888-877-4894 or visit dfr.oregon.gov for information. These resources are here to help protect you and your family.

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS

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Temporary Housing Assistance Granted for Oregon Wildfire Survivors (Photo) - 10/08/20

Oregon took a significant step forward in wildfire recovery efforts this week. A State-requested direct housing mission to help provide temporary housing for hundreds of Oregonians displaced by wildfire was granted from FEMA on Wednesday, October 7. 

The state and FEMA are finalizing the implementation plan for this mission, under which residents in Jackson, Linn and Marion Counties who lost their homes in September wildfires may be eligible. Considerations for prioritization of these three counties included factors such as immediate need and lack of available rental resources. Jackson County alone accounts for more than half of the homes lost in Oregon.

Housing solutions in this mission are tailored to the individual needs and situations of survivors based on how quickly their homes can be repaired to a safe, sanitary and secure condition, and the availability of housing options in their communities. 

“The approval of this housing mission is an important milestone in the recovery process and provides some temporary stability to those who have undergone such disruption,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “We’re grateful to FEMA for their support and continue to work directly with our state and local partners to put our plans in action.”

Direct housing assistance was requested for Douglas, Jackson, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion Counties. FEMA continues to evaluate the need for temporary housing assistance in additional affected counties. The state continues to work directly with the Red Cross and other public and private partners to ensure every impacted Oregonian has a safe place to stay. 

To be eligible for direct housing assistance, Oregon wildfire survivors must register with FEMA and reside in Jackson, Linn or Marion County. Damage must be to the primary residence and must be a result of the wildfires. FEMA will reach out to individual households who are potentially eligible for direct temporary housing based on the results of their FEMA inspection.  

“We are deeply grateful to Oregon’s Federal Delegation and the Federal Government for recognizing the need in Oregon,” said Oregon Housing and Community Services Executive Director Margaret Salazar. “We were already facing extreme housing shortages across the state. The massive loss of housing caused by the wildfires only exacerbated this crisis. This swift action and much needed federal aid is welcome news to Oregon families impacted by the wildfires.”

Strong windstorms on September 7 ignited multiple wildfires across western Oregon and exacerbated wildfires already in progress. More than 1 million acres burned in 20 Oregon counties; some 4,100 homes were destroyed and thousands more suffered major damage. The State of Oregon requested Direct Housing Assistance to meet the needs of disaster survivors based on the high number of destroyed homes and displaced residents as well as an extreme housing shortage within highly vulnerable communities.

Direct Housing Assistance is a program available through FEMA’s Individual and Household Program (IHP). The FEMA temporary housing program provides housing for up to 18 months after a disaster declaration.  Commonly, FEMA’s disaster housing programs pay for rental of apartments and homes and for immediate home repairs. 

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Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update - Oct. 7, 2020 (Photo) - 10/07/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update for Oct. 7, 2020, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

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MarisolSaucedo_JacksonCo_Sept21_Axl: Long-time Red Cross volunteer Jerry Silva from the Richmond, Virginia, area assists a Spanish-speaking family whose home was lost in Phoenix, Ore. Silva stayed with the family to translate and help navigate as they sought much-needed help with the various agencies established at the Jackson County Fairgrounds on Sept. 21, 2020. (Photo by Axl David/American Red Cross)

 

20201003_125612: Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Pete Gaynor toured the destruction from the 2020 Oregon wildfires in Phoenix and Talent, Ore., with a bipartisan delegation of Oregon senators and congressmen — Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Greg Walden and Peter DeFazio — Oct. 3, in Jackson County. (Photo courtesy of Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update - Oct. 5, 2020 (Photo) - 10/05/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update for Oct. 5, 2020 to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

 

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Gates, Ore. - September 27 2020 - After a fire raced thru the town of Gates, Ore., earlier in the month, twisted steel and burned out cars can be seen. - Patsy Lynch/FEMA

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Gates, Ore. - September 30 2020 - The Oak Park Motel was destroyed after a wildfire spead through the town of Gates, Ore. - Jeff Markham / FEMA

 

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Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update - Oct. 2, 2020 (Photo) - 10/02/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update for Oct. 2, 2020 to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

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Judy Dellabona, 81, reminisces on the items she lost that she had collected from around the world with Red Cross volunteer, Patty. Dellabona proudly shows the ceramic figurines her mother made and the silver she and her two sons were able to recover from the ashes that were once her home.  (Photo by Axl David/American Red Cross)

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Counties, State, EPA, to Begin Wildfire Cleanup and Recovery Efforts (Photo) - 10/02/20

Cleanup from the recent wildfires and wind damage is set to begin in eight Oregon counties as county officials, Oregon’s Debris Management Task Force, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have finalized plans to remove and dispose of hazardous materials from burned properties—free of charge to property owners. Removal of household hazardous waste and fire debris is required before property owners can rebuild from the fires. 

Cleanup crews plan to begin operations in Jackson County the week of October 19 and will expand to the other counties shortly afterward, pending the completion by property owners of “Right of Entry” (ROE) access agreements that will allow cleanup crews onto their property. The ROE for a property must be signed before the county and state cleanup process can begin. 

Hazardous waste cleanup is provided free of charge to property owners in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties. FEMA and the State of Oregon are funding the work.

Affected Oregon counties are in varying stages of developing their ROE forms. Property owners are urged to check their county’s website (list below) or wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup for more information about the ROE process in their county. In preparation for filling out the forms, property owners should identify their property parcel number from their county tax assessor’s office and collect insurance information.

Household hazardous waste can include but is not limited to: fuel and petroleum, car batteries, antifreeze, used oil filters, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, high pressure cylinders, disinfectants, aerosols, paint, bleach, radiological sources or devices, pool chemicals and ammunition. Cleanup crews will also identify and dispose of bulk asbestos materials when possible.

How the process will work

STEP 1: Household hazardous waste removal – No cost to property owner

  1. Once a property owner completes an ROE form with their county, crews will evaluate the property for any overhead hazards (impacted trees) or other physical hazards and conduct air monitoring and visual observations to identify locations of household hazardous waste.
  2. Crews will then remove those items from the property for safe disposal.

STEP 2: Ash and debris removal

  1. Cleanup crews then will remove burned-out structures—possibly including building foundations—ash and other debris.
  2. When this step is complete, property owners will be able to begin the rebuilding process.

State, county and federal partners are actively working to develop funding and implementation options for Step 2: Ash and debris removal.

The State of Oregon’s Debris Management Task Force is overseeing a coordinated effort by federal, state and local government agencies to address hazardous waste and debris removal. The task force consists of the Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS

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Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update - Oct. 1, 2020 (Photo) - 10/01/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update for Oct. 1, 2020 to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

 

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Red Cross volunteer Jerry Silva assists a family whose home was lost during the 2020 Oregon Wildfires in Phoenix, Oregon. (Photo by Axl David/American Red Cross.)

 

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Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update - Sept. 30, 2020 (Photo) - 09/30/20

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Response & Recovery Update for Sept. 30, 2020 to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. Additional photos are attached. See today's Wildfire Response and Recovery update here.

 

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2020-26-09_4562_Detroit_PL_06: Detroit, Ore. - September 26 2020 - After a fire raced thru the town of Detroit Oregon earlier in the month, residents were allowed to check on the status of their homes.  Most found their homes to be destroyed.  (Patsy Lynch / FEMA)

NatGuard242: Oregon Army National Guard Citizen-Soldier Pfc. Andres Moreno, along with his teammates, recover more than a mile of fire hose during mop up operations on the Two Four Two Fire, Chiloquin, Ore. Sept. 21.  Approximately 1000 Oregon Guard members are supporting overall firefighting efforts with both aviation and ground crews, in addition to supporting county liaison teams and Oregon State Police with both traffic control points and fatality search and rescue operations. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)