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FEMA: Oregon agencies, nonprofits eligible for disaster aid
By Tony Hernandez | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Published on Thursday February 18, 2016    5:14 PM     
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the White House have made federal disaster aid available to help pay for repairs to publicly owned property and certain nonprofit agencies damaged during December's storms.

Thursday's announcement applies to the damage caused by floods, landslides and mudslides Dec. 3 to 23 in Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties.

Federal cost-sharing dollars are available to state, tribal and eligible local governments, according to FEMA. Assistance would go toward repairing roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools and recreational areas.

FEMA officials are still reviewing damage across the state to homes and businesses that could qualify for individual assistance programs, said Savannah Brehmer, a FEMA spokeswoman. The decision to help private property owners is pending, Brehmer said.

Certain nonprofits that provide essential community services can apply for public assistance, she said. Such services include:

Education: colleges, universities, parochial and other private schools

Utilities: energy systems, water supplies, sewage collection and treatment

Emergency: fire protection, ambulance and rescue services

Medical: hospitals, outpatient facilities, long-term care for mental or physical injuries or diseases

Custodial care: homes for the elderly and similar facilities for people who require close supervision

Other essential governmental services: museums, zoos, community centers, libraries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, shelter workshops and facilities that provide health and safety services of a governmental nature.

FEMA's website has more information about eligibility requirements.

-- Tony Hernandez thernandez@oregonian.com 503-294-5928 @tonyhreports

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