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President Trump approves Oregon’s emergency disaster declaration due to wildfires

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WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- President Donald J. Trump has declared that an emergency exists in the State of Oregon and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from wildfires beginning on Sept. 8 and continuing.

The president's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Klamath, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Marion, Tillamook, and Washington.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Pete Gaynor, Administrator, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, named Dolph A. Diemont as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.  

FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by wildfires beginning on Sept. 8, 2020, and continuing. 

Emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. This assistance is for Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Tillamook, and Washington counties.

Oregon Delegation Announces Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration for Oregon Wildfires

Decision will enable federal aid to begin flowing, as unprecedented wildfires ravage state and force evacuation of thousands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, today announced that the White House has approved the state of Oregon’s request for an emergency declaration in response to unprecedented and dangerous wildfires that are blanketing the state. The Senators and Representatives had pushed on Wednesday for the declaration to be granted, immediately following Governor Kate Brown’s request.

The federal declaration will help provide immediate assistance across Oregon from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Families across Oregon are facing horrific and potentially life-changing circumstances as these fires sweep through our state,” said Merkley, who will be traveling around the state to view on-the-ground damage and fire response efforts and talk with first responders and displaced Oregonians today and tomorrow. “As this emergency continues, it’s critical that the federal government do everything in its power to help, and I’m continuing to fight for the resources we need. This declaration will help free up critical emergency assistance, but there will be plenty more we need to do. I urge all Oregonians to continue to remain vigilant and follow directions from local emergency management agencies. My heart is with everyone across our state who is being impacted by this dangerous and heartbreaking situation.”

“Our state is in crisis as life-threatening fires and smoke threaten communities from all over Oregon,” said Wyden. “Countless Oregonians have been forced from their homes, and businesses have been lost as these fires continue to rage. Oregonians need help now, and this emergency disaster declaration will provide the state critical resources to fight these fires. I will continue to fight for resources until we are safe and recovered.”

“Oregon is facing an unprecedented crisis, and this decision to declare an emergency comes not a moment too soon,” said DeFazio. “With tens of thousands of Oregonians—who are already dealing with public health concerns and economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic—forced to evacuate their homes and businesses and hundreds of thousands of acres still burning, it’s imperative that the state has the resources it needs to swiftly extinguish the fires and provide relief for those impacted. I will continue to use every tool at my disposal to get Oregon the resources it needs to recover from this disaster.”

“The fires burning in Oregon in recent days are unprecedented and the devastation heartbreaking,” said Blumenauer. “The journey to recovery will be long and painful but the approval of our emergency declaration request is a critical first step to ensure local communities have the resources they need.”

“The unprecedented wildfires in Oregon mean we all need to pull together to get as much help as possible to those who have lost so much,” said Walden. “I am pleased that President Trump quickly approved Oregon's Emergency Disaster Declaration. This will help ensure our state has the resources needed to deal with these disastrous wildfires. I will continue to work with local officials, the Oregon Congressional Delegation, and the Trump Administration to ensure Oregonians get additional support and resources we all know will be needed to restore and rebuild our communities.”

“Countless Oregonians are currently displaced by these devastating wildfires, many of them from Oregon’s Fifth District,” said Schrader. “This Emergency Disaster Declaration comes not a moment too soon as our state grapples with unprecedented fires in the midst of a global health crisis. Oregon families are hurting and this declaration ensures that we can get them aid as quickly as possible.”

“My Oregon colleagues and I supported this federal emergency disaster declaration to bring critical resources to our state’s wildfire response, and I’m glad to see it was approved so quickly,” said Bonamici. “But we know it will take much more to contain the multiple fires and rebuild. I'll be advocating for the support we need to recover from this unprecedented tragedy.“

This emergency declaration will provide critical FEMA assistance for Oregon communities, helping specifically with Emergency Protective Measures as first responders continue their work. Eligible entities may receive direct assistance and reimbursement for work undertaken to save lives and protect property, including search and rescue, emergency transportation, and distribution of food and first aid.


Oregon Delegation Announces Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration for Oregon Wildfires

Decision will enable federal aid to begin flowing, as unprecedented wildfires ravage state and force evacuation of thousands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, today announced that the White House has approved the state of Oregon’s request for an emergency declaration in response to unprecedented and dangerous wildfires that are blanketing the state. The Senators and Representatives had pushed on Wednesday for the declaration to be granted, immediately following Governor Kate Brown’s request.

The federal declaration will help provide immediate assistance across Oregon from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Families across Oregon are facing horrific and potentially life-changing circumstances as these fires sweep through our state,” said Merkley, who will be traveling around the state to view on-the-ground damage and fire response efforts and talk with first responders and displaced Oregonians today and tomorrow. “As this emergency continues, it’s critical that the federal government do everything in its power to help, and I’m continuing to fight for the resources we need. This declaration will help free up critical emergency assistance, but there will be plenty more we need to do. I urge all Oregonians to continue to remain vigilant and follow directions from local emergency management agencies. My heart is with everyone across our state who is being impacted by this dangerous and heartbreaking situation.”

“Our state is in crisis as life-threatening fires and smoke threaten communities from all over Oregon,” said Wyden. “Countless Oregonians have been forced from their homes, and businesses have been lost as these fires continue to rage. Oregonians need help now, and this emergency disaster declaration will provide the state critical resources to fight these fires. I will continue to fight for resources until we are safe and recovered.”

“Oregon is facing an unprecedented crisis, and this decision to declare an emergency comes not a moment too soon,” said DeFazio. “With tens of thousands of Oregonians—who are already dealing with public health concerns and economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic—forced to evacuate their homes and businesses and hundreds of thousands of acres still burning, it’s imperative that the state has the resources it needs to swiftly extinguish the fires and provide relief for those impacted. I will continue to use every tool at my disposal to get Oregon the resources it needs to recover from this disaster.”

“The fires burning in Oregon in recent days are unprecedented and the devastation heartbreaking,” said Blumenauer. “The journey to recovery will be long and painful but the approval of our emergency declaration request is a critical first step to ensure local communities have the resources they need.”

“The unprecedented wildfires in Oregon mean we all need to pull together to get as much help as possible to those who have lost so much,” said Walden. “I am pleased that President Trump quickly approved Oregon's Emergency Disaster Declaration. This will help ensure our state has the resources needed to deal with these disastrous wildfires. I will continue to work with local officials, the Oregon Congressional Delegation, and the Trump Administration to ensure Oregonians get additional support and resources we all know will be needed to restore and rebuild our communities.”

“Countless Oregonians are currently displaced by these devastating wildfires, many of them from Oregon’s Fifth District,” said Schrader. “This Emergency Disaster Declaration comes not a moment too soon as our state grapples with unprecedented fires in the midst of a global health crisis. Oregon families are hurting and this declaration ensures that we can get them aid as quickly as possible.”

“My Oregon colleagues and I supported this federal emergency disaster declaration to bring critical resources to our state’s wildfire response, and I’m glad to see it was approved so quickly,” said Bonamici. “But we know it will take much more to contain the multiple fires and rebuild. I'll be advocating for the support we need to recover from this unprecedented tragedy.“

This emergency declaration will provide critical FEMA assistance for Oregon communities, helping specifically with Emergency Protective Measures as first responders continue their work. Eligible entities may receive direct assistance and reimbursement for work undertaken to save lives and protect property, including search and rescue, emergency transportation, and distribution of food and first aid.

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  1. Thank you Mr. President! Lets hope Brown puts it in the right place but I’m sure that’s not going to happened. They are throwing everything at the President before the elections, even intentional fires. Thank God he is the president and not creepy, little girl hugger Biden. Ready for 4 more year! Drain the swamp and take the fake news too!

    1. In their own Demokrat words-

      “Families across Oregon are facing horrific and potentially life-changing circumstances as these fires sweep through our state,” said Merkley”

      “Our state is in crisis as life-threatening fires and smoke threaten communities from all over Oregon,” said Wyden.”

      “Oregon is facing an unprecedented crisis, and this decision to declare an emergency comes not a moment too soon,” said DeFazio.”

      “The fires burning in Oregon in recent days are unprecedented and the devastation heartbreaking,” said Blumenauer.”

      Gee… not a word of condolences from Governor Kate Brown- no acknowledgement of what the President of the USA has done for her here- not a single word of “Thanks Mr. President- for covering our Democrat Bums here out west- where our Democrap strongholds continue to muck things up- hate on you- and will continue to rage against the people till they cave in !”

      Read all those Demokrat statements again- then realize they are the words of politicians trying to cover their tails for decades of mismanagement and failed ideologies. Read em all again- then realize that not a single one has lost a house- property- a loved one to what they’ve created. They have no skin in the game- hell- Ron Wyden doesn’t even live in Oregon- and that is terrifying !

      Throw em all out- we need to start fresh by returning to the GOP days of countless decades without a wildfire- fake pandemic- or riots in the streets of Portland… Make Oregon Great Again !

  2. Governor Brown requested this of our federal government on September 9th and was ignored until September 11th after discussing at a press conference that our requests for aid had received no response from the white house. As human beings, our actions or lack there of reveal our true selves. Many innocent US citizens have lost their homes and some have died as a direct result of this delay.

    1. You liars that don’t even bother to read these KTVZ stories are about as worthless as the krap between Kate Brown’s ears- from the article above-

      “FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by wildfires beginning on Sept. 8, 2020, and continuing.”

      And More praise heaped on this President that you forgot to mention-

      “I’m glad to see it was approved so quickly,” said Bonamici.”

      So contrary to your hateful opinion- and in spite of all the vile mud slung at this President by the likes of Kate Brown- emergency aid is flowing in at a record pace… You Ingrate !!!

      1. The article simply states the wildfires began on September the 8th and not that aid had been granted on such date as well. Aid had been granted as of the date this article was written; September 11th. Also, to be noted, the title of the article is written in present tense as of September 11th.

      2. Although Locke, your statements may resemble your own truth, you fail to remember that as a citizen of this country, you have signed into a contract to follow our elected leaders and trust in the course they have laid out for us. More may have been at play for this delay than you are privy to.

        barneygetshiswish –

        Unfortunately, you seem to have misread or misunderstood the opening to this article. “President Donald J. Trump has declared that an emergency exists in the State of Oregon and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from —

        (wildfires beginning on Sept. 8 and continuing).”

    2. Nothing in Government works as fast as the hamster wheels in your head. My lord, it took two entire days to reach the Presidents desk. Two whole ******* days. Your hatred of good is duly noted. Your disrespect is showing loud and clear. You support for a communist welfare state could not be clearer. May God have mercy on your souls for promoting hateful propaganda. You are probably loving the forest fire so you get the chance to slam a good man some more. You are woefully pathetic cretinous creatures.

      1. I concur. We should trust in our elected leaders and be grateful for the help they provide when we receive it. Though some citizens may lose their homes or their possessions, these are merely just objects we place names unto but they serve little more meaning in our lives than this. Help comes in all forms from those in power when they provide it for us. Sometimes, the help our leaders provide is providing us the ability to help ourselves. I fear, as a nation, we may have forgotten this somewhere along the way.

        1. Hobbes,

          Homes and possessions are not merely meaningless objects that these people have lost; these are the things they were born with a right to possess. Not to mention that some unlucky few have paid the ultimate price for this delay with their lives.

          It is true; as a US citizen and a part of a society governed by a body of leadership you agree to make certain sacrifices in order to exist as a member in that society. As a citizen who seeks to be governed and protected by leadership, you agree that you will not murder, rob, swindle, or otherwise cause harm to fellow citizens or your governing body. That also means that the GOVERNMENT has agreed to a social contract of their own, with you. They will provide aid and protection when you need it and they will not ignore your cries for help in preventing unjust loss of life, liberty, or possessions.

          Based upon statements made very recently about our local governing body by representatives of the highest federally elected positions and the quiescent response to calls for aid from our local leadership to an otherwise vehement elected leader, I’ve no choice but to believe these calls were unheeded until evidence presents itself to the contrary, despite the recreant yowling of his drunken and indoctrinated dissonance.

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