Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today met with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell to discuss ongoing wildfire recovery efforts and natural disaster preparedness moving forward. The meeting underscored the importance of a collaborative approach and strong state and federal partnership as Oregon faces increasing climate-related weather events.
"I’d like to thank Administrator Criswell for coming to Oregon to learn firsthand the challenges Oregonians are facing. With four federal disasters declared in Oregon in the last year, emergency preparedness and response is more important than ever," said Governor Brown. "The Bootleg fire is the latest example showing how the challenges of fire season are being exacerbated by the climate crisis. Fires are arriving earlier, moving faster, and burning longer. The last year has shown us how important it is to have strong state and federal partnerships, so we can ensure all available resources are deployed rapidly to help Oregon families impacted by wildfires, flooding, winter storms, and natural disasters. I’m glad we have trusted partners in FEMA and the Biden-Harris Administration.”
“The active Bootleg wildfire underscores the urgent need to combat growing wildfire threats in an already unprecedented season. Our communities are more vulnerable than ever because of climate change, excessive heat, and prolonged drought. Thank you to our first responders and emergency management teams who are on the ground, protecting our communities every day. Coordination across our tribal, state, local, and federal emergency management systems is the only way we can find long-term, holistic solutions to the wildfire threat. I want to thank Governor Brown for her leadership and her commitment to building strong, resilient communities. I also want to thank the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for hosting a valuable conversation with tribal leaders and emergency managers and look forward to continuing the dialogue,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.
Photos of the meeting are available here