The unprecedented combination of wildfires and COVID-19 is devastating our communities and is at the forefront of every Oregonians’ mind. Nurses and allied health workers are dealing with challenges in their workplace while managing the wildfire risks
to our own homes, families and friends.
We are here for you and are providing an updated list of wildfire resources so you can stay informed and find ways to support our colleagues and communities.
NEW EMERGENCY DUES RELIEF AND GRANTS PROGRAMS
ONA's Board of Directors has voted to expand our successful COVID-19 dues relief program which supported members facing lost hours due to COVID-19. Emergency dues relief is now available for members facing a loss of hours due to Oregon's wildfires.
The Board has also stepped up to create a new emergency grants program to cover expenses associated with wildfire evacuations. Members who have been evacuated for 48 hours or more are eligible for grants of up to $500 to help support you and your family.
If you are experiencing financial hardships due to this disaster, know that we are here for you. Please contact us at MemberServices@OregonRN.org to apply for our new emergency dues relief program OR emergency grants program and let us know what else we can do to support you.
STAY SAFE DURING WILDFIRES
Wildfires are creating poor air quality throughout Oregon, and it’s important to protect yourself and your loved ones from this pollution as well as continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find out how you can stay safe during these unprecedented times.
LOCAL SOCIAL SUPPORT FOR ONA MEMBERS
Many members and staff have taken to their local ONA Facebook groups to share available resources or ask for support. Find your local ONA Facebook page and request to join if you haven't already.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced some of those affected by Oregon’s wildfires can apply for federal disaster assistance. Get information on FEMA’s individual assistance program including grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses. at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
OREGON WILDFIRE RESOURCES
Oregon’s Wildfire Resource page has critical information including:
Fire and hotspots maps
Oregon's air quality index
Public health information
Housing relief applications
The Oregon Health Authority has resources on wildfire smoke and public health.
Many hospitals and workplaces have been affected. Several hospitals and health systems are offering their own resources or support. Please check your email to learn what your facility is doing to support you. If your working conditions have changed and
you are concerned about its impact on patients and staff please contact your local bargaining unit leaders, labor representative, nurse practice consultant or ONA at News@OregonRN.org.
There are many other resources for Oregonians who have been impacted and local organizations and opportunities to get involved to support each other and our communities. Please ask for help when needed and look for opportunities to help others.