Oregon Wildfires and Vote by Mail
9/11/2020, updated 9/17/2020
Our hearts go out to those affected by our devastating wildfires around much of Oregon. The League supports emergency preparedness. Keeping Oregonians safe is an immediate priority. League members are here to help with voting information. Check VOTE411.org for information on your ballots. Please see the links below for help.
Please be safe,
Becky Gladstone, President, LWVOR
Get Your Ballots
Despite evacuations and possible mail disruption in burned areas, Oregon voters can GET THEIR BALLOTS. For election security, USPS does not forward ballots. Voters can register two addresses through the Secretary of State’s “MyVote” (https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/myvote.aspx).
- Keep your residential address, whether the structure is still there or not so the ballot mailed to you will contain contests for where you lived when the disaster occurred.
- Add a forwarding address, where you will be when ballots start mailing on October 14th. Your forwarding address can be any US or post office box address, including your County Elections Office.
Return Your Ballots
Oregon ballots have pre-paid USPS return envelopes. The League encourages voters to save this cost by dropping ballots directly into drop boxes. Some drop boxes may be damaged or inaccessible from fires. As usual, the ballot drop box locator map will be updated 20 days before the election. Ballots returned by 8pm election day to any Oregon drop box will be delivered to your home county and WILL BE COUNTED. For more local election information, contact your County Elections Official.
If you’ve been affected by Oregon wildfires, apply for help as soon as possible; funding is limited.
Start with Wildfire.Oregon.Gov because it has extensive information.
Please register on the Red Cross Safe &Well list.
Emergency Shelter: Links for disaster recovery centers, Red Cross and Salvation Army Shelters, and more help.
- Find assistance (a personalized list, no login)
- Apply online (eligibility checklist and application)
- Set Up a FEMA Account (create account, login, get messages, check status
Food Pantry Near You: Check this Oregon Food Bank dynamic map. Call ahead as hours may change
Housing Grants: Apply for Oregon Housing Community Services (OHCS) grants quickly. These may impact your ability to get FEMA benefits so OHCS is wait listing and coordinating with Oregon Office of Emergency Management and FEMA to maximize awards. Funds may be held till they can assure they won’t jeopardize the FEMA relief, which could be more.
Oregon Counties eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance Program Funds: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion. Oregon wildfire housing relief (apply for waitlist), Solicite ayuda para viviendas por incendios forestales en Oregon (lista de espera).
- OCHS Wildfire Damage Housing Relief (general info)
Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Dashboard (Oregon rent and housing help, special programs)
- Contact local emergency officials directly for help
FEMA Oregon Wildfire Disaster Survivors Assistance, and more from FEMA:
Please check on family, friends, neighbors, and others you know during these challenging times. If you are in or expect evacuation conditions, please prepare in advance by organizing what to take with you, checking routes in advance, and arranging where you’ll stay. Share the collaborative, reliably updated resources below for the latest information and recommendations. Many of these wildfire and evacuation updates, along with air quality advisories, etc., are catalogs of other direct links to reliable primary information sources.
Get Emergency Alerts Sign up in your Oregon County
Wireless Emergency Alerts also known as “reverse 911”, are sent through the FEMA integrated public alert warning system. Andrew Phelps, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, cautions that these are “opt-in systems” and they can be disabled, so check your cell phone settings to be sure you’ll get them. go to a website, cell, home #, address. At county levels. Listen to radio, emergency alert system. Stay Alert, stay connected. Here are a few information county pages. Send yours and we can add them.
- Douglas County Emergency Management
- Jackson County Emergency Management
- Lane County Wildfire and Evacuation News
- Linn County Wildfire and Evacuation News
- Multnomah Smoke and Wildfire
Use the Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard Map with tabs for:
- Dynamic Current Fires Map (multi-jurisdiction collaboration)
- Air Quality
- Dynamic Fire Potential Map (OR Dept of Forestry)
- GOES clouds & smoke view, (NOAA National Environmental Satellite, data & Info Svcs)
- NWCC 7 Day fire potential forecast (NW Interagency Coordination Ctr)
Check Most recent fire perimeter MAP, OR RAPTOR Map, OR Office of Emergency Management
Raptor: Real-Time Assessment & Planning Tool for Oregon
Check Air Quality
- Use OR Smoke BLOG, for current fires/air quality map, local, state, tribal & federal collaboration.
- Use the OR DEQ Air Quality Today website, Oregon Air Quality Map, or the OregonAir app.
- Read the Oregon Health Authority FAQ sheet on wildfire smoke and public health
- Pack a “go kit” list, emergency plan advice from opb
- Check ODOT Tripcheck, for current road closures, detours, etc.
- Oregon Health Authority Evacuation Tips
- Use Oregon Wildfire Resources page for emergency lodging information and many of these other links.
- Emergency Shelter
- Report yourself as Safe & Well with the Red Cross, with your social media, contact family, etc. Many are evacuating without their cell phones. Oregon is setting up a State registry to connect those missing with those looking for them, more soon.