FEMA’s Continues to Provide Recovery Resources to Local Disaster Impacted Communities (Salem, Marion and Polk Counties).

Posted on November 12, 2020

FEMA is now in full swing on tackling the recovery process from the Wildfires and Straight-Line Wind disaster that heavily impacted many citizens in Salem, Marion and Polk counties and communities.   FEMA’s goal is to provide assistance to all eligible survivors.

The last day for survivors to register for disaster assistance is Monday – November 16, 2020.  This will be a missed opportunity for many who may have been impacted by this event and are in need of recovery resources and support.  A few ways to learn more about this process-

Website:  disasterassistance.gov

Phone: 800-621-3362 or TTY: 1-800-462-7585

Literature:  “Help After a Disaster” – Details have been translated into 27 languages to help survivors better understand FEMA Individual Assistance.

FEMA has now added another county to its Direct Temporary Housing support for disaster survivors as well.
In addition to Linn, Jackson and Marion counties where Direct Temporary Housing plans are already underway, Lincoln county has now been added to the long-term housing strategy. The FEMA housing mission in Oregon will address the shortage of availability in the designated four counties by providing a bridge to qualifying applicants seeking long-term housing solutions.

As aa disaster response and recovery agency, FEMA understands that housing resources are limited in some areas. We are working closely with the State of Oregon to implement a targeted strategy in order to provide other forms of temporary housing that best meet the needs of displaced survivors.
Applicants with functional needs are prioritized for accessible transportable temporary housing units.

Lastly, the 100% free of charge Debris Pickup Assistance process is coming to an end. Those still seeking to have debris removed from their property should visit their county’s government website or call 800-682-5737.  A Right of Entry form must be completed.  Signing the agreement provides the debris cleanup crews access and permission to enter private property and remove wildfire debris.

This is the first step in the cleanup process and must be completed before community ash and debris removal activity can be initiated.  For information on how to submit a Right of Entry form and to learn more about hazardous household waste and debris pickup, visit wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup.

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