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National Disaster Legal Aid

Please note this page is no longer being updated as of September 2020



Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-503-431-6408

Severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides hit areas of Oregon from February 5 to February 9, 2020On April 3, 2020, a Major Disaster Declaration was issued for the state of Oregon, making federal funding available to individuals and households who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides occurring February 5-9, 2020, in Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later. Please check here for updates.

  • Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation  

For DR-4519, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4519


FEMA Application Deadline June 2, 2020
Appeal Your FEMA Decision

If you would like to appeal FEMA's determination on assistance, you have 60 days from the date on the determination letter to do so.

Key resources for those impacted by this disaster


Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at
  • On the FEMA Mobile App,
  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. 
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.


  • A LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in Oregon who cannot pay for an attorney:
    • Survivors may CALL 1-503-431-6408 or 1-800-452-8260 ext. 408, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday to request assistance.
    • Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Oregon lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal limited help.
  • For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:  
    • Oregon Law Help - A legal information website maintained by a nonprofit legal services provider in Oregon.
    • United Policyholders United Policyholders specializes in helping disaster survivors with insurance claim issues.
    • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources.
    • Oregon State Bar - Find an attorney or self-help tools available to the public.
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.

  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!
  • Want to understand the FEMA application process better? Click here to access "Figuring Out FEMA."​



  • Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at
  • Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.