Lincoln County authorities are preparing a report to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in qualifying Lincoln County as a disaster area and thereby eligible to receive disaster assistance funds. Individual agencies suffering extra costs or damage are handling their own reports to the county. However, private property owners and renters are requested to phone in their own list of damages. Here’s how to do it:
Residents and private business owners of Lincoln County are asked to call in their damages through a phone bank (541) 265-1999 that will be activated on Tuesday, January 24th at 9:00 a.m. The phone bank will be operational between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Individuals and private business owners must call before 6pm on Thursday, January 26th to report their estimate of damages to their homes, businesses or loss of property as a renter of property.
The following outlines questions residents and private business owners will be asked to report when they call in to the phone bank:
– Name of owner or renter of property
– Address of property
– Contact number
– Is property a primary home, rental property, or business
– Is the property a single family home, mobile home, multi-family (apartment)
– What was the type of damage sustained (5 categories)
o Affected – Habitable
o Minor (homes that can be made habitable quickly and without great expense)
o Major (homes requiring costly or extended repair to be made habitable)
– Is the property or property contents insured?
– Estimated damage of loss
Damage to rental units will be counted twice; the renter is affected under the housing category and loss of personal property and the landlord is affected under the business category unless all the damage is to the personal property of the renter. However, damages to “second” or vacation homes, or outbuildings such as detached garages will not be counted as they do not meet the criteria for identifying initial damage assessments.
Residents can use Assessor’s records to establish community average of home values (low, medium, and high) to facilitate making damage estimates. Click here.