Christine Drazan

Representative Christine Drazan

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Wildfire Updates in Clackamas County

Left behind by fire

The cities of Oregon City, Canby and Sandy have been returned to normal status.

Information on the Riverside Fire updated frequently here.

Air quality updates - interactive air quality map.

Clackamas County wildfire informational page - Clackamas.us/wildfires

Color-coded fire-evacuation map here

Clackamas County Disaster Management Public Alerts - sign up here. You can also text your zip code to "888777" to opt-in to text alerts.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Twitter feed.

State of Oregon wildfire resource

Here are current locations for RV parking and places for your livestock

General wildfire information (includes emergency lodging, county news alerts, current conditions, and evacuation levels).

Oregon Smoke Information.

Wildfire Insurance Help.


Food and Housing

The Salvation Army is providing meals and resources in ten counties across Oregon. Since Monday, September 7, The Salvation Army has provided 11,236 meals for evacuees across Oregon as of Tuesday, September 15.

  • Clackamas Town Center at 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086
     
  • Douglas County:  Meal services are available for pick up and delivery only. To sign up please call 503-313-3438
     
  • Deschutes County:  Feeding evacuees currently sheltered at a local hotel
     
  • Jackson County Expo at 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, OR 97502
     
  • Lane County:  Feeding 75 firefighters twice a day
     
  • Linn and Benton Counties:  Serving meals to evacuees at the Linn Benton Fairgrounds at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany, OR 97322
     
  • Lincoln County:  Emergency food boxes at 140 NE 4th St, Newport, OR 97365
     
  • Marion County:  At the Oregon State Fairgrounds at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97303
     
  • Multnomah County:  At the Oregon Convention Center at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. No volunteers needed at this site

Evacuee Shelter Services:

  • Jackson County:  The Salvation Army HOPE House at 1065 Crews Rd. Medford, Oregon 97501

Home Damage and Insurance

If your house was damaged or destroyed by the wildfires, HUD resources are now available here to serve you. Additionally, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has put together some helpful information for homeowners regarding filing and settling insurance claims here.


FEMA Special Enrollment Period

Oregonians affected by the wildfires can use the federal emergency declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take advantage of an exceptional circumstances special enrollment period (SEP). FEMA declared the Oregon wildfires a federal emergency on Sept. 15, 2020.

Oregonians will have up to 60 days from the end of the FEMA-designated incident period to select a new health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov or make changes to their existing health insurance plan. People who experienced a life change are eligible for a standard special enrollment period that allows them to sign up for a plan 60 days before or 60 days after their life change to enroll in a plan. Examples of a life change include loss of coverage due to loss of employment, marriage, addition of a new family member, gaining lawful immigration status, and moving homes. Oregonians who were eligible for a standard special enrollment period, but missed this window due to the Oregon wildfires, can use the FEMA SEP to enroll in a plan. Applications are being accepted at HealthCare.gov if the life change is a loss in coverage and at 800-318-2596 (toll-free) for all other life changes.

The FEMA SEP due to the Oregon wildfires is available for people who qualified for a special enrollment period from Sept. 8 through up to 60 days after the FEMA emergency has ended. The declaration of emergency for the Oregon wildfires was issued Sept. 15, 2020, and is still active. Oregonians still have at the very earliest until Nov. 15, 2020 to use the FEMA SEP.


Unemployment Information

If you have had to relocate due to the wildfires, make sure to update your mailing address with the Oregon Employment Department if you receive paper checks.

The Oregon Employment Department's Contact Us link has been revised to reflect wildfire complications with unemployment claims. If you are currently waiting for your claim to be processed or have unanswered questions about your unemployment and you have been evacuated or relocated, make sure to check the wildfires evacuation option when submitting your request.

Oregon applied for the Lost Wages Assistance program grant through FEMA and received an award letter on August 28. For more information, you can read about the program here.

LWA payments are taxable under federal law, just like regular unemployment insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. If taxes are withheld from other benefits, they will also be withheld from the LWA benefits.

The LWA program only provides federal funding for $300 weekly benefit payments. Official guidance from the Department of Labor prohibits states from using Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund money to provide the additional $100. Providing the additional $100 per week would require the Oregon Legislature to appropriate money to pay for those benefits.

The Employment Department recently hosted a school related webinar. You can watch it here, and access the website page with related school employee recess information here.

They know many people have been having PIN and restart issues with PUA claims over the past few weeks. To address this, they made a change in the system to ensure that the PIN does not get deleted on their end when a restart is done on PUA. This should help provide you with access to the system without, having the extra step of resetting your PIN. If there are issues though, this link will help you create a new PIN.


How You Can Help

If your restaurant, business, or group would like to provide meals for evacuees at Clackamas Town Center, please fill out this form: http://salarmy.us/wildfire-relief-meals-clackco.

Additionally, you can volunteer and provide donations through the following means:

VOLUNTEER

Wildfire relief poster

Secretary Clarno Releases Voting and Mail Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I receive my ballot if I have been displaced by wildfires?

  1. Ballots will start being mailed October 14th. If you know an address where you will be able to receive mail then, you can add a temporary mailing address at oregonvotes.gov/myvote.
  2. If you want, you may also use this paper form to provide us with a temporary address.
  3. You can pick up all of your mail (including ballots once they are mailed) at the post office that serves your permanent residence address.
  4. Contact your county election office after October 1 for additional options they may have for pickup. Find your county election office here.

If I submit a change of address through USPS, will my ballot be forwarded to the new address?

No. Ballots are unable to be forwarded. It is one of the security features of our system. You must inform election officials of your temporary address using one of the methods above in order to have your ballot sent there.

Do I need to register to vote from my temporary address?

No. You do not need to re-register to vote if you are living somewhere temporarily because you have been displaced by wildfires. You just need to let us know where to mail your ballot by one of the methods above.

Will I be able to vote on the local measures where my permanent address is located, even if I am temporarily living outside that area?

Yes. The ballot you receive will contain the contests for your residential address, not your temporary mailing address.

What if my mailbox was destroyed?

If mail cannot be delivered to your home or mailbox, it will be held at your local post office and you can pick it up there.


It is my privilege to serve my community. If I can be of any assistance to you, do not hesitate to reach out. Please be safe.

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900 Court St NE, H-395 Salem, OR, 97301

Office Phone:
503-986-1439

Rep.ChristineDrazan@oregonlegislature.gov
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