SALEM, Ore. -- Governor Kate Brown released a statement following the White House's disaster declaration for Oregon, on Sunday.
“This declaration is an important first step towards unlocking all available federal resources for Oregon’s state, tribal, and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I appreciate the responsiveness of Vice President Pence and federal administration officials to our requests for aid," said Brown.
“However, this is far from everything Oregon needs from the federal government to actively and effectively combat this crisis. We have a number of significant requests pending with the federal government, first and foremost Oregon’s request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile.
"In addition, a significant part of our disaster declaration request was for individual assistance for all Oregon counties and tribes—including child care assistance, crisis counseling, disaster case management, disaster legal services, and disaster unemployment assistance for Oregonians. That request is still also pending, and would provide significant relief to Oregon families if approved.
“This is an unprecedented public health crisis that demands a coordinated national response, backed by the full resources of the federal government. I will continue to work with the White House and Oregon’s congressional delegation to fight for access to every tool available to keep Oregonians safe from COVID-19.”
On Sunday, President Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Oregon. It allows for the activation of FEMA's Public Assistance program for reimbursements of emergency actions by state, territorial, tribal, and local government entities.
Organizations available for recovery efforts on a cost-sharing basis for emergency proactive measures include, but are not limited to:
• Management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety;
• Emergency operation and coordination costs;
• Disinfection of eligible public facilities;
• Medical sheltering;
• Purchase and distribution of food, water, medicine and other consumable supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment.