HELP STILL AVAILABLE FOR WILDFIRE SURVIVORS

January 13, 2021 3:30 a.m.

Help is still available to assist the survivors of last fall’s wildfires in the region.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working together on help with housing, property damage, flood insurance, free counseling, legal aid and case management.

State resources include:

Free crisis counseling is available from the Safe + Strong Helpline for both children and adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other depression-like symptoms .For help, call 800-923-2357 or go to: https://safestrongoregon.org/wildfire.

The Debris Management Task Force hotline remains open and available 24/7 for cleanup questions and information. Call 503-934-1700 or find additional information on the new debris cleanup website at: https://wildfires.oregon.gov/cleanup

Disaster Legal Services is taking questions from wildfire survivors. Go to www.oregondisasterlegalservices.org or call 800-452-7636 Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Federal help is available by going to: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/, by downloading the FEMA app: https://www.fema.gov/about/news-multimedia/mobile-app-text-messages, or by calling 800-621-3362. Operators are available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. While the deadline to apply with FEMA has passed, late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Even though the deadline for homeowners, renters and businesses to apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loan for physical property damage has passed, those in need can still apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Call 800-659-2955 for more information.

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