I know that the last month has been extremely difficult for Oregonians. Evacuations, loss of homes and unhealthy air quality all through a pandemic. I have continued to travel between DC and Oregon to meet with volunteers, organizations on the ground, first responders and representatives from FEMA. I am in constant communication with federal disaster officials and the entire Oregon Congressional delegation to ensure that affected Oregonians are being supported and continue to receive all of the assistance that they need from the federal government.
If you have lost your home or property because of wildfires, the first step is to reach out to your insurance carrier. Then reach out to FEMA to see what federal disaster aid that you may qualify for. You can call FEMA at 800-621-3362 or file a claim online here. If you are unable to get through or get a response in a timely manner, you can call their 411 hotline, or my office at 202-225-5711. You can watch a video message from me here that has more information about filing a claim with FEMA.
Information that will be required when you apply includes:
• Address of the damaged primary dwelling where damage occurred
• Current mailing address
• Current telephone number
• Social Security number
• Your insurance information
• Total household annual income
• Routing and account numbers for checking or savings accounts so FEMA may directly
transfer disaster assistance funds
• A description of wildfire or wind damage and losses
I toured the cities of Detroit, Gates and Mill City with FEMA FCO Dolph Diemont to show him first hand what these communities will face as they move toward the future and rebuilding. Marion County Commissioners Kevin Cameron and Colm Willis along with Mayor Jim Trett, Mayor Jim McCormick, Mayor Tim Kirsch and Senator Fred Girod joined to help tell the story of the people who live, work and love this place. The loss is immeasurable. However, I am continually inspired by the kindness of others and how everyday Oregonians have stepped up to help their neighbors during this tough time.
I know that many Oregonians are still looking for ways to help with recovery efforts. I encourage you to check out United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley or Red Cross Cascades Region for information about how to volunteer and donate safely.
I would like to give a special thanks to all of the veterinarians, fairgrounds and volunteers with trailers who stepped up to help bring animals to safety and give them examinations and care while they were displaced.
I visited a Truitt Brothers Inc. warehouse north of Salem that once stood empty. When Jordan Truitt learned that United Way was out of space to collect and store donations, he stepped up to help. Now, he spends up to 12 hours a day organizing donations for families who have been displaced by wildfires. It's stories like this, of everyday folks stepping up to help their neighbors in need that makes me so proud to be your representative in Congress. Thank you Truitt family!
I spoke on the House floor to thank all of the first responders who continue to heroically battle the wildfires in our state. Watch my entire video here.
I also participated in a virtual round table discussion with local leaders about the wildfires and what leaders are doing both the local and federal levels to aid in recovery. You can watch the entire round table here.
Remember to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information about wildfire recovery efforts.
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