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Federal Disaster Aid Available for Oregonians Affected by Wildfires

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The deadline for Oregonians affected by wildfires to apply for assistance is Nov. 16. (FEMA.gov)
The deadline for Oregonians affected by wildfires to apply for assistance is Nov. 16. (FEMA.gov)
 By Eric Tegethoff - Producer, Contact
October 27, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The federal government is offering disaster relief to Oregonians affected by the September wildfires. With the deadline approaching, information on how to apply is especially important for older folks and people with mobility issues.

Danielle Bailey is a disability integration specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's region ten, which covers the Northwest. She said efforts to reach people this year are not like other years.

"Usually we have disaster survivor assistance teams that are able to go door to door," Bailey said. "So due to COVID-19, that's not feasible in this type of situation."

Bailey said FEMA has been relying on parter agencies and organizations in communities to get the word out on assistance. The deadline to apply is November 16. A variety of aid is available in most western Oregon counties.

State director of AARP Oregon Ruby Haughton-Pitts said damage to people's homes and COVID-19 aren't the only factors that could hinder people from applying for assistance.

"Not everybody, especially older adults, has access to all of the online internet capabilities that the rest of us may have at our fingertips," Haughton-Pitts said.

She encourages friends and family to tell their loved ones about assistance and to apply as soon as possible if they need it. Folks can apply over the phone or online at FEMA.gov/disaster/4562.

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