- The deadline to register for Individual Assistance from FEMA for survivors of the Almeda, South Obenchain, and Archie Creek fires was extended to November 30, 2020.
- The RFP for Phase 2 of Debris Removal has been released. (Opportunity # 730-34584-20 / Closes 11/20/2020 at 2:00 pm, via ORPIN.) ODOT anticipates work beginning in the first week of December. The public debris removal effort will include mobile homes. If you are working with contractors who would like to get the list of interested parties, contact HUBLER Katie K Katie.K.HUBLER@odot.state.or.us to get on her list for notices.
- The Oregon Debris Management Task Force is happy to announce that the State of Oregon will provide no-cost wildfire ash and debris cleanup for all homes and businesses in the eight counties affected by the disastrous September wildfires, regardless of FEMA reimbursement. This includes mobile home parks, second homes, businesses, and other structures. Learn more at wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup Please see the full press release in OEM’s newsroom, and a video about cleanup here.
DONATE TO OREGON WILDFIRE RELIEF (Rogue Credit Union)
Rogue Credit Union is supporting local families, communities and relief efforts affected by the Almeda/Glendower, Obenchain and other surrounding fires. Donations are tax deductible and will go to our local non-profits, designed specifically for assisting impacted families and rebuilding our communities.
Rogue Credit Union will not be disbursing funds directly to individuals. Please contact the Red Cross, United Way, Access or other local organizations for request for assistance.
DONATE TO OREGON WILDFIRE RELIEF (Rogue Valley Wine Country Cares)
The Rogue Valley wine industry is rallying around an important fundraiser to provide relief to victims of the recent fires which devastated Phoenix, Talent and parts of nearby Medford and Ashland. As you can imagine, these places are home to many of our winery friends, team members and families. Rogue Valley Vintners has collaborated with dozens of wineries as well as key sponsors to create Rogue Valley Wine Country Cares.
Dozens of Rogue Valley Wineries have come together to offer over 50 exceptional wines; a minimum of $10 from every bottle sold will go directly to those in need, focusing especially on those who have little or no means to rebuild. See the full website here. We hope you’ll support Rogue Valley Wine Country Cares by posting in your e-news/social media/marketing channels.
Timeline: Launched Thursday October 1; runs through end of day, October 26th
SBA Stands Ready to Assist Oregon Businesses and Residents Affected by Wildfires and Straight-line Winds
Virtual Recovery Centers to Open Wednesday, Sept. 16
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Oregon businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Jovita Carranza announced.
The declaration covers Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties as a result of wildfires and straight-line winds that began Sept. 7, 2020.
“SBA is strongly committed to providing Oregon with the most effective and customer-focused response possible and with access to federal disaster loans to help businesses and residents affected by this disaster,” said Carranza. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”
In consideration of the public health concerns due to the Coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, SBA will establish a Virtual Business Recovery Center to provide personalized assistance to business owners. In addition, SBA will also open a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help homeowners and renters. Customer Service Representatives will be available to business owners and individuals to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each person complete their electronic loan application.
Virtual Business Recovery Center and
Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Monday – Sunday (7 days/week)
8 a.m. – 8 p.m. EDT
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Interest rates can be as low as 3 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.188 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
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 disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.