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Almeda Fire Resources
Last updated November 5, 2020

TALENT COUNCIL HOLDING FOLLOW UP VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
The Talent City Council will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for residents and others to discuss post-Almeda Fire debris removal, rebuilding, and other efforts. This meeting is a follow-up to the Town Hall held on September 24th.  In addition to the Council, city employees and representatives from Jackson County Emergency Operations Center and FEMA will be available to answer questions.  Spanish language interpretation will be available for the meeting.
 
To participate in the meeting, please use the following links:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84080891613?pwd=VTlxVHNSWG5ySGNBa3ZVRHJlQkg0Zz09
Passcode: 706861
Or Telephone: 1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 840 8089 1613


Anyone wishing to comment or ask questions can submit a request to speak via e-mail to publictestimony@cityoftalent.org with the subject line “Public Comment for Town Hall Meeting” by 5:00pm on the day of the meeting.  Please provide your name and city for the record and provide your Zoom username or the last 4 digits of the phone number you are calling from so we can be sure to call on you when appropriate. 
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El Consejo Municipal de Talent ha Programado una Reunión Virtual para Discutir el Incendio de Almeda
El Consejo Municipal del Talento ha programado un reunión  del Ayuntamiento virtual el Jueves 12 de Noviembre de 2020 a las 6:00 pm para que los residentes y otras personas pueden discutir la remoción de escombros, la reconstrucción y otros esfuerzos posteriores al incendio de Almeda. Este encuentro es un seguimiento del Ayuntamiento celebrado el 24 de Septiembre.  Además de los miembros del Consejo, los empleados de la ciudad y los representantes del Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Condado de Jackson y de FEMA estarán disponibles para responder a preguntas. Habrá interpretación en español disponible para la reunión.
 
Para participar en la reunión, utilice los siguientes enlaces:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84080891613?pwd=VTlxVHNSWG5ySGNBa3ZVRHJlQkg0Zz09 
Código de acceso: 706861
O Teléfono: 1669 900 6833
ID del Web: 840 8089 1613
 
Cualquiera que desee hacer comentarios o hacer preguntas puede enviar una solicitud para hablar por correo electrónico a publictestimony@cityoftalent.org con el asunto “Comentario público para la reunión del ayuntamiento” antes de las 5:00 pm del día de la reunión. Proporcione su nombre y ciudad para el registro y proporcione su nombre de usuario de Zoom o los últimos 4 dígitos del número de teléfono desde el que está llamando para que podamos estar seguros de llamarlo cuando corresponda.

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DRINKING WATER SAMPLING POST ALMEDA FIRE
Please see the results of water quality sampling conducted post Almeda Fire:
7 samples taken September 15, 2020
23 samples taken September 15, 2020
7 samples taken October 5, 2020
7 samples taken October 15, 2020
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ROGUE VALLEY REBUILDS
A website for official wildfire recovery information is now available at RogueValleyRebuilds.org.  Aimed at those affected by the Almeda and Obenchain fires, it brings together information from multiple organizations involved in the rebuilding effort.  Spanish translation is available by clicking on Google Translate at the top right of the screen.  Many key documents are also available in Spanish.  
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2020 Oregon Wildfire Recovery / Recuperacion de los incendios forestales de Oregon 2020 - a bilingual summary by the Department of Environmental Quality that outlines what's next for people whose homes or businesses burned.  
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TALENT COUNCIL HOLDS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL TO DISCUSS ALMEDA FIRE
The Talent City Council held a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for residents and others to discuss the Almeda Fire and its aftermath. In addition to the Council, city employees and representatives from Pacific Power, Avista, Recology, Rogue Valley Sewer Services and others were available to answer questions. 

To hear an audio recording of the meeting, click here.  The meeting begins at timestamp 25:00.  

 
REUNIÓN MUNICIPAL DE TALENT
Marque su calendario para el jueves 24 de septiembre a las 6 p.m. para una reunión municipal a través de Zoom. Esta será una gran oportunidad para que TODOS los residentes de Talent hagan preguntas, sean escuchados, compartan sus opiniones y ayuden 
a platicar sobre posible soluciones en el futuro. Busque el enlace en línea en cityoftalent.org, una vez que esté publicado. ¡Espero que nos pueda acompañar! 

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JACKSON COUNTY MULTI-AGENCY RESOURCE CENTERS OPEN
The Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC) are now open in Medford and smaller satellite offices in Talent, Phoenix, and Shady Cove.  All four MARC locations will be available from 8am-8pm seven days a week.

There will be representatives from FEMA, the Red Cross, local insurance agencies, and City representatives to offer assistance in the fire relief process.  FEMA  assists with the registration process for FEMA assistance.  Other agencies will assist with additional resources, including housing, food and clothing vouchers, assistance filing insurance claims, and cash assistance.  The satellite offices generally only have FEMA representatives.  There are Spanish speaking representatives at all four locations.  

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FIRE AND DISASTER ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

City of Talent Fire News – City specific news.

Jackson County Emergency Services – Comprehensive list of resources to help, support and guide wildfire victims. 

Jackson County Essential Services (bilingual)

2020 Oregon Wildfire Recovery / Recuperacion de los incendios forestales de Oregon 2020 - a bilingual summary by the Department of Environmental Quality that outlines what's next for people whose homes or businesses burned.  

FEMA Disaster Assistance Registration - Or call the hotline available 7 days a week (800) 621-3362

Rogue Valley Preparedness and Recovery Hub - a comprehensive site of wildfire and community updates for Jackson and Josephine Counties.  
 
FIRE CLEANUP AND DEBRIS MANAGEMENT

Important Information Regarding Debris Removal

Fire Debris and Disposal Information 

Transfer Station/Construction and Demolition Debris

How to Safely Manage Ash and Debris from Burned Buildings – information from the Department of Environmental Quality on how to cleanup following the fires, along with helpful safety information when returning to survey property.

Hazardous Waste/Toxics Reduction Policy – from the Department of Environmental Quality that clarifies the requirements for management of building demolition waste. 
 
BUSINESS RESOURCES

SBA press release announcing relief for businesses affected by fire from the federal Small Business Administration in English and Spanish

ESSENTIALS

I have no food/clothing/water/essentials. Is there a hub I can go to in Talent?
Wagner Plaza at the corner of Main and Talent Ave (location of Talent Maker City and The Grotto) has a distribution center for supplies and information.  Resources and supplies for all.  Open 7 days a week 9am-7pm.

CLEANUP

I want to visit the site where my home / business burned.  Why is there a wait?
Read the notice: Important Information for Talent Residents and Business Owners with Properties that were Destroyed in the Almeda Fire.   

The national FEMA team has 6,000 burned locations to examine for utility and building code enforcements.  This is to make sure people are safe.  Many home sites have hazardous material ("HAZMAT") because of the chemicals released when the homes burned.  

Homeowner Alert:  If homeowner insurance clients enter their home site and disturb the site, looking through the debris for example, the amount of the insurance claim might be reduced.  

City staff and Council know how difficult it is to be patient, some lost their homes, too.  They are eager and working hard to move forward as quickly as possible, for the benefit of the whole community.  

Why are we told to leave debris on site instead of beginning to clean it up? 

We are understandably eager to rise from our ashes and move on.  The City directives are prioritizing health and safety for residents.  Here is important information for Talent residents and business owners with properties that were destroyed in the Almeda Fire.  

HOUSING AND SHELTER

Refugio / Shelter; Cruz Roja Americana / American Red Cross, Cascades Region.  A new shelter opened September 22 in Phoenix.  It is focused on Latino families but any and everyone is welcome.  No government agencies are there:
Phoenix Elementary School
215 N. Rose St.


The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at the Phoenix Elementary School.  The other shelter is at the Jackson County Expo in Medford.  Staff are providing bilingual resources and support 24 hours a day.  

Where can I find/offer a room to rent in Talent?
Rogue Valley Homes and Shelter Releif
Home Share Oregon
Rogue Valley Fires Mutual Aid Housing
Access Housing Connection Portal


SERVICES

TALENT RECOVERS - works to provide recovery support and resources for those affected by the Almeda Firs.  TALENT RECOVERS was initiated by the Board of the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Talent.  For more information go to TalentRecovers.com 

Oregon is officially a disaster area and able to receive FEMA assistance.  How do I apply?
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's office supplied this information from FEMA - First contact your insurance agency, then register on the FEMA website at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ and select APPLY.  Also, you can call 1-800-621-3362

Here is a link to their FAQs:  
http://www.disasterassistance.gov/help/faqs and FEMA Individual Assistance Program Fact Sheet.

Are there resources for filing insurance claims, finding a counselor, finding shelter and essentials in Talent?
The Jackson County website has excellent information on immediate assistance.

La Clinica is a health care provider assisting low-income families.  They have a mobile unit that also tends to house unhoused populations.  La Clinica will be at the Jackson County Expo and shelters for the next few days.  Click here to see the calendar.  Information is also available on Facebook at La Clinica Home.

If my home burned, will I still pay property tax?
Contact the Jackson County Tax Assessor's office.  The rolls are confirmed in October of each year.  Homes that were destryoed will not automatically be removed from the tax rolls.  Contact them to discuss proration of annual property taxes.        

Is there someone I can talk to for emotional support?
Contact the Rogue Valley Emotional Wellness Hotline, a hotline for anyone in the Southern Oregon area experiencing grief and loss associated with the recent fires.   

Peer Fire Support Groups on Zoom facilitated by Rogue Valley mental health professionals and sponsored by Nando Raynolds, LPC and the Community Counseling Center of Ashland. 

Grant for housing relief from Oregon Association of Realtors
The Oregon Association of Realtors (OAR) has secured a $500,000 grant for housing relied through NAR's REALTOR Relief Foundation for the Oregon wildfires disaster.   

Who should apply?  Any full-time resident and U.S. citizen or legally admitted U.S. resident who has lost their home to the Oregon wildfire diaster and is in need of support for either of the following:  1) Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by the Oregon Wildfires Disaster or 2) Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the Oregon Wildfires Disaster.  Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $1,000 per applicant per household.  Grants will be jointly payable to applicant and mortgage lender or landlord.  

Deadline for application submissions is November 15, 2020.  
Download application here.  

I would like to support the citizens of Talent.  What is the best way to do this?
The Wagner Plaza distribution center updates our list of needs daily.  Gift cards (Ashland and Medford), especially hardware stores and gas cards, and meal cards (Ashland and Medford) are especially appreciated.

Bring donations directly to the distribution center at Wagner Plaza, corner of Main x Talent Avenue in Talent.  


How can I volunteer?
Fill out the Rogue Valley Fire Relief Volunteers form online.  This will connect you to people and organizations that need your help.  For more information email talentvolunteers@gmail.com

Where can I donate to help?
Give to the Rogue Valley Relief Fund.  Funds for short and long term response and rebuilding will be distributed by local Rogue Valley organizations that know our communities well.  

Any other questions? Find more information here:
 
SOUTHERN OREGON FIRE INFO 2020:
for those displaced and for those who want to be of service