Plan ahead to make sure you have what you need to quickly apply for assistance from your insurance company or the federal government; then visit the county’s Fire Resource Center in Molalla to obtain more help filling out the paperwork
Clackamas County residents who suffered damage or loss from the September 2020 wildfires will need to know when the county required them to evacuate, in order to apply for federal assistance or to seek reimbursement for sheltering costs from their home insurance coverage. But in the chaos of fleeing the flames, who’s going to remember that?
We have your answer. Visit www.clackamas.us/wildfires, click on the button labeled “LOOK UP EVACUATION DATES FOR INSURANCE” and enter your property address in the window on the right side of the map. The map will point to your address and you’ll see the dates you were required to evacuate, for use in insurance and FEMA applications.
“We worked out this solution to a paperwork problem because we want to cut as much red tape as possible,” said Nancy Bush, Clackamas County Disaster Manager. “We’re doing everything we can to make it easier for fire victims to get both the knowledge and the financial help they need to recover from this crisis.”
Please be aware that the date of evacuation is only one piece of information you need in order to apply for assistance or reimbursement. FEMA has created a short guide to help you fill out your application for federal assistance, available at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf. Read the guide before filling out the application. Your insurance agent should be able to explain the documentation you need to make an insurance claim.
And we can help. We strongly encourage fire victims to visit the Clackamas County Fire Resource Center in Molalla, located at 412 S. Swiegle Ave, Molalla, 97038. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Oct. 10, 2020. (It is closed Sundays.) It provides a ‘one-stop shopping’ experience by offering fire victims a wide range of information all in one place, including FEMA help in filling out federal assistance forms; County help answering questions about permitting, debris removal, assessments, taxation, and health insurance; and trained experts providing help with a host of emotional issues victims may be experiencing, including one-on-one trauma counseling, and help with anxiety or grief.