JACKSON COUNTY, Ore--- Of 967 "Right of Entry" forms sent out by the Jackson County Emergency Operations Center, a little fewer than 600 have been signed. That is according to EOC Director John Vial. Vial announced the update during a press conference at the Jackson County Courthouse on Wednesday.
"Right of Entry" forms will allow for government agencies to clean up private properties for free. With the deadline fast approaching (October 23), hearsay is still causing some property owners to not sign.
"It continues to be something that Jackson County hears about and other counties are hearing about this as well. People are reluctant to sign a "Right of Entry" form because they are afraid it is going to impact their insurance," said Vial.
Simply put, Vial says that there will be no insurance impact when the form is signed. In fact, not signing it may be what costs a property owner in the long run. Trying to cleanup with your own insurance may not cover the cost. After that, you could be left paying out of pocket.
"It is very likely that property cleanup is going to cost the owner more than the amount in the insurance policy. So, you run a very high risk of spending more of your own money to clean up the property. Whereas if you had signed the right of entry form and allowed the government to that for you, you would have been better off," said Vial.
Vial says some confusing insurance scenarios are also playing a role. He explained that you may have money that is specifically for debris cleanup in your insurance policy. If this is the case, that specified money may be taken out of your insurance. However, that money is only available for debris cleanup anyways. After using that money, the government would take no extra money from your insurance policy.
"The government is not going to take any insurance money designated for the rebuilding of your home. No federal, state, or local agencies will recoup insurance money that is going to prevent you from rebuilding your home," said Vial.
If you have not signed a "Right of Entry" form yet, you can do so on the Jackson County website here. You can also call 1-682-800-5737.