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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners wanted to let you know that Douglas County has extended the deadline for wildfire victims to submit their Right of Entry Release forms for the 2020 Wildfire Household Hazardous Waste program from October 15, 2020, to October 30, 2020. The Right of Entry release form is required in order to allow public officials to clean wildfire household hazardous waste debris from private properties as a part of a special ‘no cost’ program instituted by the county, state and federal government to help residents during their wildfire recovery.

Teams from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their contractors are nearing arrival in Douglas County. They will begin with the Step 1: Household Hazardous Waste Phase of the cleanup process, which is 100% funded by FEMA and the State of Oregon. However, we noticed that many property owners have not completed the Right of Entry Form (ROE) which can be found online at https://www.tfaforms.com/4857001, hampering the cleanup process.

The main concern we hear from a few property owners is the concern or misconception that filling out the ROE for the Step 1: Household Hazardous Waste program or the Step 2: Ash and Trash disposal program, will deplete or take away from the money necessary to rebuild their homes. This misconception is causing some property owners to potentially miss the deadline in signing the Right of Entry Release Form, which is needed in order to begin the cleanup process. As more information becomes available for the Step 2: Ash and Trash disposal program, we will provide guidance.

Douglas County wants to emphasize that if a property owner completes the Step 1 - ROE, which is highly recommended, that their Household Hazardous Waste from the wildfire will be cared for, and treated properly. Also, we want to reemphasis that the cost w ill be fully funded (100%) by FEMA and the State of Oregon. Please if you have any concerns, questions or reservations about the Wildfire Household Hazardous Waste, Right of Entry Program, please reach out to us. We can be reached at (541) 440-6011 or by email at: . Residents can also call the Oregon Right of Entry processing center helpline at 682) 800-5737.

If you choose to cleanup yourself, the cleanup costs may come out of a lump sum settlement and likely cost property owners more. Challenges could also exist with the available disposal areas pending the type of Household Hazardous Waste. We encourage you to please complete the organized and comprehensive process of filling out the Step 1: Household Hazardous Waste, Right of Entry Release form, and allowing the cleanup process to begin.

Affected residents can complete the Right of Entry Release form online at https://www.tfaforms.com/4857001, to apply for the no cost service to help them with their wildfire recovery efforts. You can also pick up a hard copy of the Right of Entry Release form at the Douglas County Public Works Department Office located at the Douglas County Courthouse, Room 304, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470. Office Hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Simply, fill out the Right-of-Entry Permit Form as soon as possible to grant state contractors access to your property. For more information about this program, click on the link here.

The link below will take you to a webpage that is being managed by a consultant for the state of Oregon that is managing household hazardous waste removal.

Click Here for the Right of Entry Form:

If you do not wish to take part in the free wildfire household hazardous waste removal program, we ask that you still complete the form, but select 'NO', I do not wish to participate in the program. This will help us to track those that have been contacted.

QUESTIONS:

Why should I sign up for cleanup?

Save your health: Household hazardous waste may contain cancer-causing materials. Professional grade protective equipment and respirators are need to protect health.

Save you money: Household hazardous waste cleanup through this program is 100% funded by the state and FEMA. Save your insurance and financial assistance for rebuilding.

What do I need to complete the form?

- Insurance coverage information to have ready: Insurance company name, policy number, agent name ( optional), agent's phone number ( optional), and claim number (if you have submitted a claim).

- Driver's license number. If you do not have a driver's license please call 503-650-3513.

- Address: Have the address of property where you are authorizing right of entry.

- Other information requested but NOT required to submit the form: Parcel number of your property and FEMA number (your individual assistance number if you have applied).

What if I do not have insurance coverage?

When you complete the form, select 'This Property is Not Insured'.

Will there be any cost to me? Will they bill my insurance?

For household hazardous waste cleanup the State of Oregon intends to pay the cost. The state and FEMA do not intend to ask your insurance to repay any of the cost of household hazardous waste cleanup. If other phases of cleanup are supported by FEMA, such as removal of ash or fire-damaged structures, it is possible that insurance policies may contribute to the cost.

 

Email:

Deadline to return form via email: Friday, October 30, 2020

Mail in: Public Works Department Douglas County Courthouse, # 304 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470

Deadline to mail in form: Must be postmarked by Friday, October 23, 2020

Office: Public Works Department Douglas County Courthouse, Room 304 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon 97470 Office Hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Deadline to return form in person: Forms can be brought into the Public Works office until Friday, October 30, 2020

For questions or more information, please call: (541) 440-6011 Residents can also call the Oregon Right of Entry processing center helpline at (682) 800-5737.

For more information abaout this program click on the link here: https://bit.ly/3iyC6YF

For more information about wildfire recovery assistance log onto: https://wildfire.oregon.gov/

REMINDER: DEADLINE TO TURN IN YOUR RIGHT OF ENTRY FORM IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020.