10/5/2020 Wildfire update: FEMA and citizenship requirements
Here is important information regarding citizenship requirements for residents seeking aid from FEMA. The English version is posted first, followed by the same document in Spanish. You can download the English version at: fema.gov/…/citizenship-and-immigration-status-requirements-…
Citizenship and Immigration StatusRequirements for FEMA Disaster AssistanceRelease Date: Sep 28, 2020
To be eligible for FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance, disaster ...
10/2/2020 Wildfire Update: Moving into recovery
The wildfires that coursed through the state in September left disaster in the wake. Now that the smoke has settled, the damage can be assessed. Fires torched one million acres, destroyed 3,124 homes (including 1,069 single families houses, 197 multi-family, and 1,858 manufactured homes), and burned up 1,403 other structures. Nine individuals were killed, and three are still missing. Twenty counties across the state are part of the disaster declaration.
There’s no getting away from ...
9/30/2020 LIVE FORUM: Fire Recovery for Manufactured Homeowners.
As you know, many of the houses destroyed in the Almeda fire were mobile or prefabricated homes. The occupants and owners now have a lot of questions about insurance, area cleanup, FEMA (Federal Agency for Emergency Management), etc, specific to this sector. On Wednesday, September 30th at 4 pm, my office we held a Zoom forum with information and to provide answers. We featured experts including staff of the state office of prefabricated housing, staff of the ...
9/21/20 Wildfire update: Returning to home
Here is some very good general information from the state Department of Environmental Quality for those of us who are returning to homes still standing near burned areas:
"Wildfires can leave lingering smoke and ash in people's homes and businesses. When you return to a home or business that has survived a wildfire, it's important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family from inhaling smoke and ash. Smoke and ash can cause lung, heart and other health problems when disturbed ...
9/18/20 Wildfire Update Day 10: Recovery – FEMA Assistance & New Resources
A week and a half after the devastating Almeda fire ripped through our communities, we are beginning to understand the nature of this catastrophe.
Initial assessment has pegged the number of lost homes, including apartments, manufactured homes, and houses at more than 2,350. In addition, businesses along the corridor from just north of the Valley View interchange through Phoenix were consumed by fire. Thousands of us were displaced, and many more are grieving for the losses sustained by ...
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 ...
Oregon Wildfire Council Lays Out Some Options
The Jefferson Exchange, JPR
One major outcome of the Oregon Governor's Council on Wildfire Response was a number: four billion. That's the amount of money estimated to do all the work to make Oregon's forests more fire resistant, less prone to catastrophic fires.
It's a big number, but still less than the estimates of damage if Oregon has more large and destructive fires.
So is Oregon and its people willing to put up huge dollars in the short term ...
To fight wildfire, we must address climate change
by Rep. Pam Marsh
Sunday, August 4th 2019 Mail Tribune
AQI 134: Unhealthy for sensitive groups.
I’m looking at this dispiriting air quality index reading for Ashland at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 30. The Applegate and Medford are worse: 157 and 160, i.e. unhealthy. By the time you read this, I hope you are seeing better numbers.
Actually, the word “hope” is not nearly strong enough. I have been hearing from many neighbors and friends for the past five days, since smoke from ...
Oregon needs to step up and invest in more wildfire prevention tools
By Pam Marsh
May 09, 2019 The Oregonian
Marsh, D-Ashland, represents House District 5 in the Oregon Legislature.
In summer 2017, Portland watched the beloved Columbia River Gorge go up in flames. Last summer, Southern Oregon suffered through six weeks of choking smoke. In November, we all watched from a distance as Paradise, California, a town much like others in Oregon, burned to the ground. It is clear that smoke and fire threaten the health, economy, and future of communities ...