SALEM, Ore. -- To help public agencies apply for federal disaster recovery assistance for damage suffered during the late December/early January severe winter storms, applicant briefings are being scheduled by Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) and coordinated with The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The briefings will cover eligibility, how the process works and how the financial payments are made.
- A briefing in Benton County will be held on Thursday, February 26 from 10 a.m. until noon at Gerber Hall at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The address is 110 SW 53rd St. in Corvallis.
- A briefing in Lane County will be held on Friday, February 27 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Valley River Inn in Eugene (North McKenzie Ballroom). The address is 1000 Valley River Way in Eugene.
Other Applicant Briefings are being scheduled in centralized locations for other counties and will be announced. Applicants from any of the twenty-six declared counties may attend the scheduled briefings.
There is no assistance available for individuals or businesses as a result of this disaster. Privately owned businesses and/or homeowners should NOT attend.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.