SALEM, Ore. -- More than $13 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 (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The application period for Oregon businesses, families and individuals with damages from the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides Dec. 1-17, 2007, in the disaster-declared counties of Clatsop, Columbia, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill, closed on Thursday, Feb. 7.
"We believe that possibly everyone who wants federal disaster assistance has either called in or registered on the FEMA website" said Federal Coordinating Officer Glen R. Sachtleben. "Should there be anyone with mitigating reasons who has not registered, we ask them to call the 1-800-621-FEMA number now."? ?
Recovery Summary as of close of business February 7, 2008:
- 3,505 individuals are registered for Individual Assistance;
- $5,704342 in Individual Assistance is approved;
- $7,604,800 in low-interest disaster loan assistance for individuals and small business owners is approved;
- 1,915 home inspections have been completed;
- 3,462 individuals have visited the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC);
- 1,889 registrations in Clatsop County;
- ?? 824 registrations in Columbia County;
- ?? 111 registrations in Polk County;
- ?? 542 registrations in Tillamook County;
- ???? 49 registrations in Washington County;
- ???? 90 registrations in Yamhill County.
"We will continue to operate the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Vernonia" said State Coordinating Officer Abby Kershaw. "Even though the application deadline is passed, we continue to provide ongoing services to those who are registered and in need of our help."
The Vernonia DRC, at the Vernonia City Hall, 1001 Bridge Street, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.