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The Almeda and Obenchain fires have greatly impacted our southern Oregon communities. The following are resources for community members seeking support or wanting to donate time, clothing, food or financial support. Please consider supporting these coordinated efforts to help where it is most needed. Jackson County Emergency Operations is working closely to coordinate with other agencies.​

One website designed to help streamline those efforts is roguevalley.recovers.org

FEMA Resources:

  • Click Here for information on how to apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

  • Learn how to Spot Fraud and Scam Artists, Click here for English, and Click here for Spanish

  • Click Here for a flyer Apply with FEMA Even if You Have Insurance

  • For a flyer Flood Risk Increases After Fires Are Out - Buy Flood Insurance Now, Click Here for English, Click Here for Spanish

  • Click here for a series of flyers/fact sheets from our Individual Assistance teams:

    Disaster Assistance flyers (EN/SP)
    FEMA Fact Sheet “Repairing/Rebuilding After a Wildfire –Resources You Can Use”
    FEMA Mitigation Publications Flyer with Live QR Codes
    OEM/FEMA News Release “Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Oregon Wildfire Survivors”
    OEM/FEMA News Release “Look Out for Disaster Fraud, Scams”
    FEMA “Help After Disaster” Trifold
    FEMA Fact Sheet: “DSA Teams Provide Help to Survivors Virtually and In Person”
    FEMA “Your Civil Rights and Disaster Assistance” (EN/SP)

  • For a FEMA Fact Sheet - What to Expect When Applying with FEMA Click here

  • For a FEMA Fact Sheet - Citizenship and Immigration Status Requirements for FEMA Disaster Assistance in English Click here and in Spanish Click here

  • For a FEMA Flyer- You May Be Able to Get Disaster Assistance (Qualified Aliens) in English Click here and in Spanish Click here

  • For a FEMA Fact Sheet - Joint Release - Plan Ahead Before Going Home Click here

  • For a FEMA Fact Sheet – Oregonians Affected by Wildfires Click here

  • For a FEMA Flyer – Information on how survivors of the Oregon wildfires can apply for FEMA assistance (English and Spanish versions) Click here​

  • For a FEMA Infographic – Start Your Recovery Process Click here​

  • For a Fact Sheet for Individuals and Households Program Click here

  • For a Fact Sheet for Individual Assistance Plans Click here

  • For a Fact Sheet on Public Assistance Click here

  • For Hazard Mitigation Assistance Click here 

  • For Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs Click here or the trifold brochure Click here

  • For a FEMA Flyer - Reasons FEMA May Have Found You Ineligible Click here

  • For a FEMA Flyer with instructions on how to understand a FEMA determination letter & how to appeal, Click here for English. Click here for Spanish.

  • For a FEMA Flyer - Replacing Lost or Missing Documents, Click here for English. Click here for Spanish

  • Wildfires Have You Feeling Stressed, Anxious? Free Help is Just a Call or Text Away​

    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” to 66746 (for Spanish text “Hablamos” to 66746) to connect with a trained crisis counselor. SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides free, 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

    Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. This national hotline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are feeling emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The hotline is toll-free, multilingual, and confidential, offering crisis support service to all residents in the United States and its territories.

    Counselors can also provide information about recognizing emotional distress and its effects, coping tips and referrals to other call centers for more support.

    For more information about who is most at risk for emotional distress from wildfires and to find related resources, visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline.

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    Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service.  They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish).

    At any time applicants with disabilities who may require a reasonable accommodation can ask FEMA staff directly or submit their accommodation request via email to FEMA’s Office of Civil Rights at FEMACivilRightsOffice@fema.dhs.gov or by calling FEMA’s Civil Rights Resource line at 833-285-7448.

    Follow FEMA Region 10 on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates and visit FEMA.gov for more information.

    FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters

     

SBA Resources:

  • SBA’s program for Businesses of all sizes is available now in the declared counties.

    To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors must first contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov.

    Applicants may apply online, receive additional SBA disaster assistance information and download SBA applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/.
     
  • U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Disaster Assistance Flyer Click here

  • U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Disaster Assistance Flyer- Spanish Click here

  • U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FACT SHEET - DISASTER LOANS - Spanish Click here

  • U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FACT SHEET - DISASTER LOANS - Spanish Click here

Resources from the Governor:

Resources from Oregon Office of Emergency Management:

For information for renters who may be impacted by wildfire, see https://wildfire.oregon.gov/ under RESOURCES and INFORMATION.

Below are the links to the individual sheets: 


Resources from the State of Oregon Unemployment:

  • Individuals unemployed as a direct result of Oregon Wildfires may be entitled to additional emergency benefits. DUA is currently available for these approved areas, although additional counties may be added to the list: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion. Click here for information

Fire Prevention Education:

  • Click here to visit the WIC blog. Here you will find helpful information on helping to prevent wildfires on your public lands. 

WILDFIRE RECOVERY NEWS/RESOURCES

Douglas & Jackson County assessors have set up on-line processes to request property tax adjustments to reflect damage from the recent wildfires:

Oregon Department of Revenue will waive penalty or interest for individuals or businesses impacted by major wildfires: Impacted individuals and households who reside or have a business located in Douglas or Jackson counties are eligible for the relief. Taxpayers in localities added later to the individual assistance disaster areas, as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be eligible to receive the same relief. Any penalty and interest imposed for late filing or late payment related to due dates that fall on or after September 7, 2020 and before January 15, 2021 will be waived if you file and pay by January 15, 2021. https://www.oregon.gov/newsroom/Pages/NewsDetail.aspx?newsid=37450
 
Disaster-Related Public Contracting Opportunities. Any businesses that are interested in selling services or products to the relief effort should ensure they are registered in the FEMA and State (ORPIN/Oregon Buys) procurement systems for when contract opportunities come open.  
 

 
Debris Removal & Fraud Warning: Click here for flyers from Jackson County describing debris removal options and warning of fraudulent claims being made by some “contrators.”


Did You Have to Evacuate Your Home Because of a Fire? Getting Emergency Refills from a Pharmacy: Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Support & Donations:

  • Rogue Credit Union’s Southern Oregon Fire Relief Fund will match up to $50,000 in relief donations for people impacted by the Almeda and Obenchain fires. Donations to the Southern Oregon chapter of the American Red Cross can be designated specifically for assisting impacted families and rebuilding our communities. Contributions can be made at any Rogue Credit Union branch. 

  • The United Way of Jackson County is collecting donations that will be geared toward longer-term recovery for families impacted by the fires. The United Way will use an application process to cover direct expenses related to families’ losses. To donate to the United Way Fire Fund, go to unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org/give, mail a check to United Way, 60 Hawthorne St., Medford, OR 97504 or make a deposit at any First Interstate Bank to the United Way Fire Fund, account number 1000471001 and routing number 092901683. 

  • The Ashland Schools Foundation is providing financial support to staff and families in the Ashland Schools who have lost their homes. Donations can be made by texting ASSIST to 72572, online at https://asf.salsalabs.org/asd-fire-assist, or mailed to ASF, 100 Walker Ave, Ashland OR  97520.

  • OSF.- Accepting donations 10- 6pm in front of Thomas Theatre, closed Sundays. For updated information and hours check OSF Donation Central Facebook page.  

  • Flip Side: Taking Donations of good quality clothing, non-perishable food, cookies and comfort snacks, magazines and books, kid’s activities, games and art supplies, extra masks, bottled water. Drop off items at 255 Helman #5  

  • Ashland Elks Lodge is no longer able to receive donations but will continue to serve as a distribution for clothing, food and supplies for those whose homes were destroyed by the Almeda Fire. They are currently open between the hours of 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at the back door of 255 East Main St. - Ashland OR 97520.

  • Southern Oregon Helps: For more specific and direct person-to-person needs matching, without an intermediary, please visit https://sohelps.org/

  • Many local businesses are holding donation events or providing meals as well. Visit social media pages to find out who is supporting these efforts.

Volunteer Efforts:

American Red Cross volunteers are helping those evacuated from wildfires at different evacuation points throughout the state and can always use volunteers. Those who are interested in volunteering should visit redcross.org/volunteer for more information. There are also six blood banks throughout Oregon accepting donations. The Red Cross also accepts cash donations on its website, https://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/ways-to-donate.html.

Food:

Free meals for all in Ashland from 11AM-1:00 PM:  

  • Ashland Middle School  - 100 Walker Avenue Ashland, OR  

  • Ashland High School  - 201 South Mountain Ave Ashland, OR  


Free meals for all in Medford from 11 AM-12:30 PM  

  • North Medford High School    - 1900 Keene Way Dr. Medford, OR  

  • Jefferson Elementary School  - 333 Holmes Ave. Medford, OR 

  • Howard Elementary School  - 286 Mace Rd. Medford, OR  

  • Jackson Elementary School  - 713 Summit Ave. Medford, OR  

  • Oak Grove Elementary School  - 2838 W. Main St. Medford, OR  

  • Roosevelt Elementary School  - 1212 Queen Anne Ave. Medford, OR  


Additional Community Food Resource:  

  • Ashland Emergency Food Bank: 560 Clover Lane Ashland, M-F 9:30-12:30. Ashland, Oregon 97520. Call 541-488-9544 or visit https://ashlandefb.org/for-services/ for more information.  

Emergency Shelters:  

  • Jackson County Expo is the primary emergency overnight Shelter  
  • Southern Oregon University Lithia Motors Pavilion is providing a daytime shelter with support in coordinating resources. Air-conditioning, bathrooms and food available. They are located on Webster near 7-11.

Additional County SHELTERS: Bring your own bedding and mask and Call to confirm room-

  • Harvest Time Fellowship – 25 people for evacuation – Jerry Frasier 707-845-6310 345 --  2nd Street Gold Hill, OR Call to confirm room
  • Edgewater Christian Fellowship – 50 people - (541) 474-7172 --  101 Assembly Cir, Grants Pass, OR 97526
  • East Evans Creek Community Center – 50 people (541) 582-6006 -- 8205 E Evans Creek Rd, Rogue River, OR 97537

Community Resource Organizations:  

  • United Way of Jackson County: 541-773-5339  

  • Maslow Project: 541 608-6868  

  • Ashland Police Department: 541-482-5211  

  • Ashland Fire Department: 541-482-2770  

  • American Red Cross: 541-779-3773. The American Red Cross is accepting calls to register for assistance, in the past FEMA has worked with the Red Cross to prioritize assistance to those registered (1 800 RED CROSS).  

  • Dial 211-provides assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing childcare or other essential services. You can also visit www.211.info.org/ for more information  

  • Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA) community resource center. Provides assistance to low-income, homeless and at-risk individuals and families. Contact at 541-631-2235 or https://helpingashland.org/services/resource-guides/

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