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Drought and disaster preparedness and response resources

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Oregon counties included in drought declaration in Idaho
On March 5, 2014, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated Owyhee County in Idaho as a primary disaster area due to the ongoing drought.  Neighboring counties in Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada are designated as contiguous natural disaster areas.  In Oregon, this means that Malheur County is a contiguous natural disaster area.

This Secretarial natural disaster declaration makes farm operators in primary and contiguous counties eligible for certain Farm Service Agency benefits provided eligibility conditions are met.  This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. Local FSA offices can provide farmers with additional information.

Governor Kitzhaber declares drought emergencies in four Oregon counties
On February 13, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber signed an Executive Order declaring drought emergencies in Klamath, Lake, Harney, and Malheur Counties, due to dry conditions, low snowpack, and lack of precipitation. The order directs several state agencies, including the Oregon Department of Agriculture, to coordinate and provide assistance to affected areas.

Oregon counties included in drought declaration in California
On January 23, 2014, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 26 California counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought. Counties in neighboring states are designated as contiguous natural disaster areas. In Oregon, this means that Klamath, Lake, Jackson, and Josephine Counties are contiguous natural disaster areas.

This Secretarial natural disaster declaration makes farm operators in primary and contiguous counties eligible for certain Farm Service Agency benefits provided eligibility conditions are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. Local FSA offices can provide farmers with additional information.


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Business continuity planning

How prepared is your farm for a major natural disaster, disease outbreak, or accident?  Consider developing a business continuity plan that describes how you will continue to operate after a major disruption.

Insurance is a critical piece of business continuity planning. Visit ODA's business resources Web site for more information on federal farm and ranch insurance programs. 




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Drought and disaster preparedness resources

The Oregon Health Authority has public health information related to drought preparedness along with additional links to other resources.

Several university programs and publications can help you plan for water shortages in case of drought, evaluate your operation's vulnerabilities to drought and disaster, and improve your level of preparedness.
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Disaster assistance

The Farm Service Agency provides assistance for natural disaster losses, resulting from drought, flood, fire, freeze, tornadoes, pest infestation, and other calamities. Visit the Farm Service Agency's Disaster Assistance Programs Web site or find your local county Farm Service Agency office.

The Internal Revenue Service maintains a Web site about disaster assistance and emergency relief for individuals and businesses.

The Oregon Disaster Center Web site provides links to federal, state, and local emergency management pages, as well as agencies and organizations that track and report climate and disaster data.
 
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management​ maintains Oregon's emergency response system and leads disaster planning, preparation and response efforts.
 
Disaster.gov is a federal disaster assistance information clearinghouse. It includes a portal to search and apply for disaster assistance.

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Drought monitoring

Oregon Water Resources Department maintains a Drought Watch Web site with information on current conditions in Oregon and drought response resources.

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Tsunami debris

Visit the Oregon State Parks beach debris Web site for information on tsumani debris.
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