Echo Mountain Fire Complex and Straight-Line Wind Event
This is an important message from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office regarding the fire and wind event that began on the night of Monday, September 7th.
ANY COMMUNITY MEMBER who experienced fire or wind damage to their home, business, outbuildings, or vehicles are encouraged to complete the Lincoln County online damage assessment process to report their damages.
The more information, local government can capture, about our damaging event the week of the 7th, the more advocacy local government can apply for financial assistance from FEMA and Small Business Administration (SBA) for our recovery.
We encourage any property owner or renter who experienced damage to ALSO fill out the online FEMA financial assistance application – even if you have insurance. You may qualify for some assistance but you must apply to receive any assistance.
Another option for business owners and property owners is to apply through the SBA for low interest loans for their recovery efforts.
We understand that the information being presented to you is overwhelming and can be confusing; we have provided the most useful documents related to applying to FEMA/SBA in this email and on our website.
Please watch for an update later today on a MULTI AGENCY RESOURCE CENTER or MARC – that will be available to any individual or business affected by either the Fire or the Wind event that occurred the week of the 7th. There will be 20+ agencies available to provide information, resources and/or answer questions.
We are finalizing the dates, times, locations and available resources this morning and will distribute that communication early afternoon today. You will be able to come to this MARC location to fill out the on-line FEMA and SBA application forms.
LOCAL LINCOLN COUNTY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT SURVEY:https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/62a4c41e1afd4ea785623f43c120adf4
FEMA Financial Assistance Application: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
– Select the Get Assistance on the top menu, then select Apply Online
Small Business Administration Application: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index
– Click on Apply for a Disaster Loan
Call Center Assistance:
– They can walk you through the Lincoln County online damage assessment process and enter your information for you.
– The Call Center can not apply for FEMA or SBA assistance on your behalf due to the confidential information required. However, resources will be available at the Multi Agency Resource Center on Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday of this week where you can fill out the on-line forms. Hardcopy forms can be made available that you can mail in as well.
Virginia “Jenny” Demaris
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Emergency Management Division
|Call Center for More Information – 541-265-0621|