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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - April 7, 2021 (Photo) - 04/07/21

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for April 7, 2021, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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White City, Ore. - April 1, 2021 - A bus transports children to and from school at Willow Estates, FEMA housing site in White City, Ore., as Lance “Duke” Davis (left), FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, and Andrew Phelps (right), Director of Oregon Office of Emergency Management, participate in an update briefing on the Almeda Fire recovery efforts in Jackson County. Photo by FEMA 
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Phoenix, Ore. - January 20, 2021 - Crews remove ash and debris from Bear Lakes Estates Mobile Home Park. Ensuring safe housing for the Phoenix community is a big step in the recovery process. Photo by Oregon Department of Transportation          File: 50856689283_e30ecf2b3f_o.jpg

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No-Cost Property Clean Up Deadline Approaches for Echo Mountain Fire Area; Right of Entry Agreements Due April 15 - 04/01/21

SALEM, Ore. -- April 1, 2021 -- As part of ongoing statewide recovery efforts for the 2020 Oregon wildfires, the Debris Management Task Force has announced an upcoming deadline for a no-cost state cleanup program. Officials have asked Lincoln County property owners with homes impacted by the Echo Mountain wildfires to submit a Right of Entry (ROE) agreement no later than April 15, 2021. .

The State of Oregon, through the Debris Management Task Force, is providing no-cost cleanup for all homes and properties in the eight counties (Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion) affected by the September 2020 wildfires. Property owners must first sign an ROE agreement to allow cleanup crews onto their property. The April 15 ROE deadline applies only to Lincoln County, but all counties will face similar deadlines as work in their areas progresses toward completion.

Cleanup crews will remove ash and structural debris, hazard trees, concrete foundations and burned vehicles at no cost to the homeowner.

To date, Debris Management Task Force crews have completed cleanup of 66 home sites impacted by the Echo Mountain Fire and are nearing completion of work in the area. Crews will then move on to other parts of the state impacted by last year’s devastating fires.To submit an ROE agreement and learn more, visit wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup or call the wildfire debris cleanup hotline at 503-934-1700.

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This document is available in other languages, large print, braille and additional formats. Contact David Cardona, OEM Language Access Coordinator, at 971-719-1183 or email  dona@state.or.us">david.cardona@state.or.us. All relay calls are accepted; dial 711 to access free telecommunications relay services anywhere in the U.S.

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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - March 31, 2021 (Photo) - 03/31/21

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for March 31, 2021, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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Lincoln City, Ore. - March 19, 2021 - Asbestos crew working on properties affected by the Echo Mountain Fire. Asbestos testing is a crucial step in the debris removal process of the wildfire recovery plan. Photo by Oregon Department of Transportation 
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The Oregon State University’s Forest and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program is hosting a free webinar series to help Oregonians prepare for future wildfire seasons. (Photo courtesy Oregon State University)                                                                File: fire aware. fire prepared.png

Oregon Office of Emergency Management ShakeAlert(R) Public Webinar Available on Website and YouTube - 03/30/21

SALEM, Ore. – March 30, 2021 – ShakeAlert®, an earthquake detection tool operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, is now enabled in Oregon. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recently presented a free public webinar to explain what ShakeAlert is, how it works, why it is important, how to enable it, and what to do when an alert is received.

A video recording of the public webinar is now available to view on the OEM website and on the OEM YouTube channel. The video is presented with closed captioning in Spanish and English with translation options available for additional languages.

ShakeAlert uses science and technology to detect significant earthquakes quickly and sends a real time alert to people via their cell phone before shaking arrives at their location. These important alerts come automatically on most cell phones, making a distinctive sound and displaying a text message that reads, “Earthquake detected! Drop, cover, hold on. Protect yourself.” This message is also available in Spanish for phones set to receive alerts in that language. Some mobile phones with text-to-voice capability may read out the message text.

No sign up is required to receive ShakeAlert notifications, and the only action needed is to enable emergency alerts through a cell phone’s settings. For instructions on where to find these settings, visit ORShakeAlert.us.

ShakeAlert does not predict when or where an earthquake will occur or how long it will last. It detects earthquakes that have already begun, offering seconds of advance warning that allow people and systems to take actions to protect life and property from destructive shaking. The system can also be used to trigger automated actions such as closing a gas valve or slowing a train, actions that can prevent infrastructure failures in the aftermath of an earthquake.

Learn more at ORShakeAlert.us.

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This document is available in other languages, large print, braille and additional formats. Contact David Cardona, OEM Language Access Coordinator, at 971-719-1183 or email dona@state.or.us">david.cardona@state.or.us. All relay calls are accepted; dial 711 to access free telecommunications relay services anywhere in the U.S.

Eligible Subapplicants
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Hazard Mitigation Grants Help to Rebuild Better Following a Disaster - 03/26/21

SALEM, Ore. – March 25, 2021 – The Oregon Office of Emergency Management is dedicated to helping state and local governments mitigate against natural hazards. The office has made approximately $60 million in FEMA state hazard mitigation grants available to Oregon communities, including local governments, tribes, state parks, schools, public utility commissions and some private non-profit organizations. July 1 is the application deadline.

After wildfires and other disasters, mitigation funds may be used to help communities rebuild stronger and safer. Examples of mitigation actions include planning and zoning, floodplain protection, property acquisition and relocation, or public outreach projects surrounding identified natural hazards.

“From wildfires to droughts to ice storms to the looming Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Oregon faces an incredibly diverse set of hazards,” said Andrew Phelps, Director of Oregon Office of Emergency Management. “While we cannot eliminate each hazard, through hazard mitigation we can strengthen our infrastructure, proactively address existing vulnerabilities, and take personal actions to reduce risk and keep ourselves and our communities safe.”

Mitigation planning is a key process used to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. FEMA requires state, tribal and local governments to develop and adopt natural hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for Hazard Mitigation Assistance projects.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments so they can rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities. This grant funding is available after a presidentially declared disaster. In this program, homeowners and businesses cannot apply for a grant; however, a local community may apply for funding on their behalf. Private nonprofits are also eligible to apply.

Flood Mitigation Assistance

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) provides funding to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes and local communities for projects and planning that reduce or eliminate long-term risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. The BRIC program assist states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. BRIC grants may fund planning or projects and provide opportunities to raise public awareness about reducing future losses before disaster strikes. The program supports communities through capability and capacity building; encourages and enables innovation; promotes partnerships; enables large projects; maintains flexibility; and provides consistency.

Mitigation is different from preparedness, which is action taken to improve emergency response or operational preparedness. Examples of preparedness actions are interoperable communications equipment or conducting emergency response training; these actions are not eligible under hazard mitigation grant funding.

Potential applicants may speak with a State Hazard Mitigation Officer to schedule a time to answer questions or provide guidance. Contact State Hazard Mitigation Officer Amie Bashant or Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer Anna Feigum at shmo@mil.state.or.us.

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This document is available in other languages, large print, braille and additional formats. Contact David Cardona, OEM Language Access Coordinator, at 971-719-1183 or email dona@state.or.us">david.cardona@state.or.us. All relay calls are accepted; dial 711 to access free telecommunications relay services anywhere in the U.S.

View the attached charts to see eligible activities for the different state hazard mitigation grants.

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Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - March 24, 2021 (Photo) - 03/24/21

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for March 24, 2021, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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Latest statistics as of March 18, 2021, for assistance provided by FEMA during the first six months after the 2020 wildfires. (Photo courtesy FEMA)
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Graphic showing steps of cleaning up property after a wildfire. The two phases allow state and federal agencies to synchronize efforts and ensure the property will be safe for rebuilding. (Image courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation)                        File: Steps of Wildfire Cleanup.PNG

ShakeAlert Public Webinar
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Oregon Office of Emergency Management Presents Public Webinar for ShakeAlert(R) Earthquake Early Warning System (Photo) - 03/18/21

SALEM, Ore. – March 18, 2021 – ShakeAlert®, an earthquake detection tool operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, is now live in Oregon. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is presenting a free public webinar featuring a panel of experts discussing what ShakeAlert is, how it works, why it is important, how to enable it, and what to do when an alert is received.

The public webinar will take place on Zoom at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

Preregistration is requested at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUld-uprj4tGNDKP1G2JESPISQP2HKkQtMu. Once preregistered, instructions will be sent for logging in to the webinar.

The webinar will also be recorded and posted on the OEM website within a few days of the event.

ShakeAlert uses science and technology to detect significant earthquakes quickly and sends a real time alert to people via their cell phone before shaking arrives at their location. These important alerts come automatically on most cell phones, making a distinctive sound and displaying a text message that reads, “Earthquake detected! Drop, cover, hold on. Protect yourself.” This message is also available in Spanish for phones set to receive alerts in that language. Some mobile phones with text-to-voice capability may read out the message text.

No sign up is required to receive ShakeAlert notifications, and the only action needed is to enable emergency alerts through a cell phone’s settings. For instructions on where to find these settings, visit ORShakeAlert.us.

ShakeAlert does not predict when or where an earthquake will occur or how long it will last. It detects earthquakes that have already begun, offering seconds of advance warning that allow people and systems to take actions to protect life and property from destructive shaking. The system can also be used to trigger automated actions such as closing a gas valve or slowing a train, actions that can prevent infrastructure failures in the aftermath of an earthquake.

Learn more at ORShakeAlert.us.

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You can get this document in other languages, large print, braille or a format you prefer. Contact David Cardona, OEM Language Access Coordinator, at 971-719-1183 or email david.cardona@state.or.us. We accept all relay calls, or you can dial 711.

Oregon's Recreation Site Status Map
Oregon's Recreation Site Status Map
Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - March 17, 2021 (Photo) - 03/17/21

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for March.17, 2021, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here

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The Oregon State University’s Forest and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program is hosting a free webinar series to help Oregonians prepare for future wildfire seasons. (Photo courtesy Oregon State University)
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Oregon's Recreation Site Status Map shows federal and state outdoor recreation openings and closures.

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Oregon's Recreation Site Status Map shows recreation closures in wildfire impacted areas - 03/17/21

Check before visiting recreation sites to find alternatives to areas that are closed due to impacts from the 2020 wildfire season.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery Task Force released an interagency status map today to help the public navigate the status of popular recreation areas impacted by the 2020 wildfire season.

The September 2020 wildfires swept through approximately 1.3 million acres of land in Oregon across multiple jurisdictions. Many of these areas contain favorite public recreation areas still closed due to the severity of impacts and continued recovery operations. To help minimize impacts on recovery efforts, prioritize safe recreation and reduce risk, natural resource management agencies released Oregon’s Recreation Site Status Map today. This map provides a centralized hub to help inform the public as they plan to take advantage of Oregon’s many outdoor recreation opportunities.

Federal and state land management agencies, along with tourism and outdoor recreation partners, collaborated on this interagency status map that shows open, closed and reduced service areas on a single map, regardless of reason for closure and across multiple jurisdictions.

Coordinated by the State’s Wildfire Recovery efforts, this project was widely led by the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation with technical help from the USDA Forest Service and other partners

including Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Bureau of Land Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Department of Forestry, and Travel Oregon.

To ensure safe recreation and reduce risk, the public is strongly encouraged to check whether an area is open before visiting and to respect closures. Some areas are unsafe to enter due to the danger of slides or damaged trails. Fire impacted areas may be undergoing recovery and restoration efforts such as road repairs, ecological surveys, reseeding, or hazardous tree removal.

Popular recreation areas will open as safety and recovery statuses improve. For more information on specific sites, please contact the responsible land management agency. For general information on the state’s recovery efforts, please reach out to e.info@state.or.us">fire.info@state.or.us or visit https://wildfire.oregon.gov/

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You can get this document in other languages, large print, braille or a format you prefer. Contact David Cardona, OEM Language Access Coordinator, at 971-719-1183 or email david.cardona@state.or.us. We accept all relay calls or you can dial 711.

 

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