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March 27, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- The severe storms, wind, mudslides, landslides and flooding that swept through Oregon Dec. 1-17, 2007, left a path of destruction. Oregonians will long remember the swirling floodwaters, damaged homes and tangled debris left in the wake of the storms.
March 27, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- After the December 2007 storms, the tiny coastal community of Gearhart had more downed trees than they had residents - well over 1,000 according to City Administrator Dennis McNally. Cleaning up was a huge job and FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) came by to help. McNally had never experienced a storm of this severity. He knew nothing about FEMA or its public assistance (PA) program, which is designed to help city, state, county and tribal governments and nonprofit agencies that provide essential services recover from disasters.
March 21, 2008
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SALEM, Ore. -- Seven Vernonia families, homeless since the December 2007 flood, will move into temporary housing - new mobile homes - beginning at about noon tomorrow, March 22, 2008. "We are delighted to be handing over the keys to these first seven families," said Abby Kershaw, state coordinating officer with Oregon Emergency Management (OEM). "Now these families will be close to their homes, schools, and neighbors as they continue the recovery process."
March 20, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- When flood waters swept through the little town of Vernonia, Aldie Howard had just been appointed Planning Director. But the city administrator was out of state and somebody had to be in charge. That somebody turned out to be Howard. "My learning curve was straight up," said Howard. Right after the flood, things were "chaotic."? After the disaster declaration, "things really started buzzing." Soon the blue shirts of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff started showing up.
March 12, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore -- Since early December 2007, the residents of Vernonia, Oregon have been coping: first with flood waters that inundated their small community; then with cleanup; and throughout with delays in getting adequate temporary housing. The residents, the City of Vernonia, Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have worked tirelessly to locate, site and test mobile homes for displaced Vernonia families.
March 12, 2008
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SALEM, Ore -- Since early December 2007, the residents of Vernonia, Oregon have been coping: first with flood waters that inundated their small community; then with cleanup; and throughout with delays in getting adequate temporary housing. The residents, the City of Vernonia, Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have worked tirelessly to locate, site and test mobile homes for displaced Vernonia families.
March 7, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore -- Just weeks ago, the land behind the Vernonia City Hall was piled high with rubble from the December 2007 flood. Now the property is groomed, utilities are in, and the site is ready to welcome 21 new mobile homes. At 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, Glen Sachtleben, the federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be on site to thank the Vernonia land owners and the City of Vernonia for their collaborative efforts to make the mobile home park a reality.
March 6, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- More than $20 million in disaster assistance is now approved to help Oregonians recover from the December 2007 storms, according to officials with Oregon Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. ?"Our goal is to help Oregonians recover as quickly as possible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Glen R. Sachtleben.
February 22, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- The Vernonia Disaster Recovery Center operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will remain open until further notice, but representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will leave as of close of business today, Feb. 22. The Disaster Recovery Center continues to operate in the Vernonia City Hall, 1001 Bridge Street, Vernonia, OR, 97064, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
February 22, 2008
News Release
SALEM, Ore. -- Low-income disaster victims who need legal assistance have until Friday, Feb. 29 to get free legal advice for disaster-related needs. The toll-free number is 1-800-452-7636. Call M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The advice is provided by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association through an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The assistance typically includes:

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