Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
June 8, 2006
SALEM , OR -- Oregon is one the first states in the nation to have an Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Approval of the plan increases Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds from 7.5 percent to 20 percent, providing a greater allotment to implement the state's mitigation program. "Oregon's Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan is really paying off," said Lee Champagne, federal coordinating officer for this disaster. "Residents are benefiting from the state's excellent hazard mitigation planning."
May 10, 2006
SALEM, Ore. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiated a landslide discussion forum recently in Salem to promote sharing landslide mapping data among other agency stakeholders.
April 24, 2006
SALEM, OR -- As a result of past federally declared disasters, Oregon Native American tribes will receive technical assistance in developing a hazard mitigation plan. This assistance comes in the form of a grant through a federal Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Program (HMTAP).
April 21, 2006
SALEM, OR -- State and federal officials announced today that Yamhill County is eligible for disaster assistance to help local governments rebuild public property damaged during the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred Dec. 18, 2005 through Jan. 21, 2006. Recovery funds, authorized under the major disaster declaration issued by President Bush on March 20, 2006, are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program. The declaration was amended April 20 to include Yamhill County.
April 20, 2006
Disaster Federal Register Notice
April 17, 2006
SALEM, Ore. -- From the Pacific shore to the central valleys and eastern high desert, Oregonians face the risk of flooding during spring – the time of year when the warming sun begins melting the winter snow pack. And, snowmelt is not the only cause of spring flooding. April showers may bring May flooding.
April 11, 2006
SALEM, Ore. -- If your home was flooded it could be harboring mold. Disaster recovery and health officials warn that victims of Oregon’s December and January flooding should clean flood-damaged homes thoroughly now to avoid possible health problems from mold and mildew in the warmer months ahead.
April 4, 2006
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon is among the first of states to receive the larger 20% hazard mitigation grant allowed under FEMA’s Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan program. The approval of Oregon’s Plan allowed Oregon’s grant to rise from 7.5% to 20%, providing a greater allotment to implement Oregon’s mitigation program. Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. Hazard mitigation planning is an important aspect of a successful mitigation program.
March 30, 2006
SALEM , Ore. -- People who live near water are not the only ones who experience flooding. Floods can happen because of heavy rains, leaking levies, urban runoff, sandbags forcing water to other areas and rivers changing course. Flash floods can begin and end within just a few hours, cutting a path of major destruction. Homeowner, renter, and business insurance generally does not cover flood damage. However, there is assistance available to communities that choose to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
March 20, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available for Oregon to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from December 18, 2005 through and including January 21, 2006.