Property owners across Oregon are grappling with how to rebuild after this summer’s devastating wildfires. They may be able to get help from FEMA and the EPA.
Because each situation is unique, property owners should work closely with their insurance company to understand exactly what is covered. Lane County Waste Management Superintendent Jeff Bishop says understanding safety and cost is especially important for those wanting to do the work themselves.
“FEMA has granted authorization for what is called category B clean up,” said Bishop. “And that's where crews funded by EPA will come through with the owners permission and remove hazardous waste from those sites. And that sort of clears the way for debris clean up which is known as phase two.”
Lane County was notified last week that FEMA has authorized funding for phase two. If insurance covers the cost of the services, it will be recouped by FEMA. If not, there is no additional cost to the property owner.
Property owners wanting to participate, need to sign a “Right of Entry” form by October 16th.
Bishop says the FEMA/EPA crews can clear hazardous waste from about five properties per day. But with 8 counties in Oregon needing assistance, FEMA’s deadline to complete all of phase one is by the end of December 2020. Then, work to clear debris can begin.