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Oregon Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

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A federal disaster declaration was approved for the state of Oregon by President Donald Trump. The order, retroactive to Jan. 20, clears the way for FEMA assistance for COVID-19 response. Aid is available to address immediate threats, coordinate emergency operations, disinfect public spaces, provide medical shelter, and purchase supplies including food, medicine and protective equipment.

Gov. Kate Brown said the declaration was an “an important first step towards unlocking all available federal resources for Oregon’s state, tribal, and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but noted it was “far from everything Oregon needs from the federal government to actively and effectively combat this crisis.”

Brown noted the state has also requested federal assistance for other resources, including more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile. The overall disaster declaration request included individual assistance for all Oregon counties and tribes, encompassing such aid as childcare assistance, crisis counseling, disaster case management, disaster legal services, and disaster unemployment assistance.

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