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10/20/20 Wildfire update: Emotional support

Many of us are sad, anxious, traumatized and grieving after the fire. Please consider calling this hot line for emotional support: SALEM, OR – It is normal to feel sad, stressed or overwhelmed after a major disaster. For adults and children having negative feelings or thoughts, free crisis counseling is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline. Call 800-985-5990 (Spanish Press 2) or text “TalkWithUs” ...

9/13/20 Wildfire Update -Sunday night: Almeda fire response

This is Day 5 after the horrific Almeda fire swept through the communities of Talent and Phoenix. This post summarizes key information I know at this moment. Fire impact. We know the fires took a devastating toll, but an inventory of loss is yet to come. However, at least a dozen manufactured home and RV parks were destroyed, including more than 1500 homes. Added to that are apartments units and many single family homes. Thousands of individuals and families, all treasured members of our ...