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Oregon Wildfires and Straight-line Winds 2020

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WILDFIRE AND STRAIGHTLINE WINDS HELP FOR PEOPLE IN OREGON

THE DISASTER NUMBERS FOR THE 2020 OREGON WILDFIRES AND STRAIGHTLINE WINDS IS 4562.

Disaster Legal Help Hotline: (800) 452-7636

Wildfires and straight-line winds affected areas in Oregon beginning on September 7, 2020 through November 3, 2020. On September 15, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oregon to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. 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 counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:

  • Clackamas (County)
  • Douglas (County)

  • Jackson (County)
  • Klamath (County)

  • Lane (County)
  • Lincoln (County)

  • Linn (County)
  • Marion (County) (additional counties may be added) 

For DR-4562, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4562

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

FEMA Application Deadline

Monday, November 16, 2020

Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter

Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

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

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, 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 click here.
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process. 
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: If you are unemployed due to a disaster or emergency, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI), Disability Insurance, or Paid Family Leave benefits. When authorized by the President, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) may also be available for workers and self-employed who do not qualify for regular UI benefits.
  • Do you need help understanding the FEMA application and appeals process? Download this free and simple guide that breaks down the process of enrolling in FEMA's Individual Assistance program. It also explains how to appeal FEMA's decision if you are denied aid or need more assistance and explains your rights when interacting with FEMA. Click here

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINES are now available for wildfire survivors who cannot pay for an attorney:
    • Oregon at (800) 452-7636 Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with a lawyer who has volunteered to provide free legal limited assistance. Callers may also leave a message. English and Spanish speaking attorneys will be available. 
  • Visit Oregon Law Help at https://oregonlawhelp.org, a guide to legal information and free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Oregon. You can locate information on a variety of legal issues, as well as information on how to contact programs providing legal assistance in Oregon.
  • Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is a statewide non-profit organization that provides access to legal help for people to protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. Learn more here
  • 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!

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

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