Fire Recovery Resources

For residents and property owners in the fire-affected area of the September 7, 2020 Babb Road Fire, the resources below will help to navigate the paperwork and systems.

For Long Term Recovery Operations Mission Statement, press releases and other documentation, please visit https://www.pinecreekcommunityrestoration.org/our-mission-info/. LTRO Board members and Operations Team members are available here.

For Town of Malden building codes and policies, please visit their website @ https://maldenwa.org/

HOUSING CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES: PHASE 2

READ: BEFORE YOU BEGIN!

First and foremost, if you are planning any improvements or additions to your property (such as placement of a propane tank, fencing, etc.), PLEASE CONTACT THE TOWN OF MALDEN FIRST TO MAKE CERTAIN YOUR PLANS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH ANY EXISTING ORDINANCES OR OTHER REGULATIONS.

If you are planning to build a dwelling in Malden, the following information will help you determine what you need to do and when, the forms required, and who to contact for answers to any questions. This information can be downloaded as a PDF here and links
to websites and documents are included at the end of this page.

Important Considerations

TYPE OF HOME: If you are considering a tiny home, a modular home, or park model home, you should read Whitman County’s “What you need to know about tiny homes” document. THIS DOCUMENT ALSO CONTAINS INFORMATION ABOUT THE OTHER TYPES OF HOMES MENTIONED ABOVE.    

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? (see article “Mobile/Manufactured/Modular/Park Home”)

~Tiny Home (minimum size is 400 sq. ft. to be approved by Whitman County)
~Modular Home (must be pit set – 32 inches minimum below ground level)
~Manufactured Home (on runners or supports and needs to be anchored above ground)
~Park Model Home (although considered a recreational vehicle, these are transportable and primarily designed for long-term or permanent placement at a destination where an RV or mobile home is allowed. There are restrictions on long-term RV use as a dwelling inside the town limits – check with the town clerk).

****ALL STRUCTURES MUST MEET THE 32 INCH FOUNDATION FROST DEPTH****

BUILDING ON FILL
Typically, Whitman County will allow constructing residential structures on native Palouse Loess silt and clay that has not been disturbed. If you must build on existing fill or new fill, there are many requirements and considerations. SOME of those considerations are listed below. Please contact Ginny Rumiser for complete information and specific answers to your questions before you begin building (contact information below).

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD ON EXISTING FILL:  Where sites are planned on existing fill, Whitman County often requires a geotechnical evaluation to consider the fill depth and characteristics. This has a more substantial cost than testing and should be avoided by positioning structures on native soil wherever possible. NOTE: Structures spanning native soil and fill are prone to differential settlement.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO CREATE NEW FILL: Whitman County will typically want to have verification that the subgrade is free of debris and vegetation before placing fill. Fill must be put in layers and compacted and certified for each layer.  The Whitman County Building Department MUST be given each certification report for the number of layers put in for the fill.  Without that information, they cannot and will not issue a building permit for the site.  GPI in Pullman is one local company that does fill inspections and certifications. To contact GPI, call Travis Wambeke at 509-339-2000 or email at twambeke@geoprocorp.com.

EXISTING CESSPOOLS
Whitman County Environmental Health has issued guidelines concerning new construction and the use of existing cesspoolsIf the cesspool can be located, pumped, and assessed and is found to need no corrective actions, it can be used in new home construction.

Construction Permitting Process

Construction Permitting Process

Important Contacts for Permitting/Construction Process

Contact Information

Worldwide Structures Home Plans & Brochure
Worldwide Structures (wwstructures.com) will be in the Malden Community Park on September 14 from 9am – 12pm to share some housing concepts. They will bring their demonstration “concept trailer” to give an idea of what it looks like, materials used, etc.

Some advantages to these pre-fab buildings are that they are well insulated and quick to build/assemble, etc.

Below are links to the Worldwide Structures brochure and a few floor plans.

AACT Brochure 2

Novak 1 bdrm #1 7-2-21

Septic Systems - qualified contractors and inspectors
Tiny Homes (and modular and park model homes)
What you need to know about Tiny Homes (and modular and park model homes)
https://www.whitmancounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/655/Tiny-Home-Information-PDF
Washington State Energy Code
Appliance Grants for Households Affected by Wildfires
Grants are now available to households and individuals in Douglas, Okanogan, Pierce, and Whitman Counties who were affected by wildfires between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.  The Washington State Legislature provided funds to the Washington Military Department to issue grants of up to $2,500 per eligible household for the purchase of household appliances.  Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability of program funds.  One application may be submitted per eligible household.  “Household Appliance” means a machine that assists with household functions, such as cooking, cleaning, and food preservation.

Below is a link to the application form.  In an attempt to reduce the potential for fraudulently submitted applications, we ask that you use caution on who this information is shared with.  This information is ONLY for those individuals and households that have been affected by the wildfires.

Applicants are asked to submit their applications online using the link provided in the attached fact sheet.  Once the application is submitted, their application will be routed to the county disaster case managers (DCM) for initial review.  DCMs are asked to work with the applicants to complete their applications and to assist with uploading supporting documents.  After the case managers review the applications, they will be forwarded to WA Emergency Management for review and approval.  If approved, both the applicant and DCM will receive an email notifying them that a check will be mailed.  A letter will also be mailed to the applicant via USPS.  They will also receive instruction on how to submit receipts for the appliances they purchase using the grant funds.  They will have 120 days to submit the receipts.

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DISASTER CASE MANAGEMENT PROCESS

Disaster Case Managers: The process and the people

Pine Creek Community Restoration has a team of Disaster Case Managers (DCMs) to assist fire survivors in charting their own paths to recovery, and to help them access the assistance available from charities, the government, and other agencies.  The DCMs have relevant backgrounds and experience, and all have been trained for this role by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Our present staff include Melissa, Larry, Sue, and Dave.

If you need assistance from a Disaster Case Manager and have not been contacted by one, please send an email to Dave Reynolds, our DCM Lead @ davepfow@hotmail.com or visit Town Hall.

The link below is a bio and more information about the DCM process:

Meet Your Case Managers

 

WHITMAN COUNTY RESOURCES

WHITMAN HELP: Resources for Whitman County Residents, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits
Find resources for individuals & families, businesses, and nonprofits. Resources include mental health information, food, transportation, loans, grants, and resources for online learning. Read more on the Whitman Help website.
Whitman County Building Permit Application Information
Whitman County Building & Development Division

Whitman County Building & Development Division
https://www.whitmancounty.org/268/Building-Development-Division

Property Tax Exemption Form
Below is the tax exemption form which allows property tax relief for new construction in areas where an emergency has been declared.

Once completed, residents need submit the form to the county assessor’s office.

The property tax exemption is good for 3 years and goes through 2026.  This means a person could rebuild or improve their home on the same property in 2023 for example and still take advantage of 3 years of tax exemption. They must rebuild on the same property that they lived on pre-disaster to be eligible.

Property Tax Exemption Form

 

Whitman County Building Permit Application

LONG TERM RECOVERY OPERATIONS TEAM

Long-Term Recovery Operations Team

The LTRO OPERATIONS TEAM works in partnership with the LTRO Board of Directors. They meet twice a week to provide project updates, share resources, and get things done for Pine Creek Community residents!

Links to individual emails can be found in the ABOUT page.

Contracted Team Members

John Goyke – Construction Manager, LTRO and Town of Malden

pending – Executive Director

Robin Fahle Ohlgren – Communication and Outreach Specialist

Dave Reynolds – Disaster Case Management (DCM) Lead

 

Volunteer and Agency Representative Team Members

Doug Arlt – Volunteer Coordinator

Georgia Beck – Whitman Community Action Center

Gerry Bozarth – Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Specialist, Spokane County Emergency Management

Kathy Bryson – Disaster Response Coordinator, Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church

Scott Cooper – Director of Parish Social Ministries, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington

Matthew Gower – Behavioral Health Administrator, Washington State Health Care Authority

Julia Havens – Community Outreach Specialist, Washington State Department of Commerce

Micki Harnois – Clerk, Town of Malden

Dan Harwood – Mayor, Town of Malden

Paul Kimmell – Palouse Regional Business and Public Affairs Manager, Avista Corporation

Kim Maxfield – Case Manager, Washington Masonic Charities

Eva Nguyen – Recovery Coordinator, United Policyholders

Meghan O’Hara – Regional Disaster Officer, NW Region American Red Cross

Christine Oakley – Wildfire Task Force Representative, United Way of Whitman County

Jody Opheim – Grants Manager, Town of Malden

Molly Sanchez – Director of Grants and Community Engagement, Innovia Foundation

Bill Tensfeld – Director, Whitman County Emergency Management

Jennifer Wallace – Executive Director, Palouse Habitat for Humanity

Roles and Responsibilities

The LTRO OPERATIONS TEAM works in partnership with the LTRO Board of Directors. Contracted Team Members are paid by the LTRO and/or its partners. Below are the highlighted roles and responsibilities of these team members. Full job descriptions can be requested by sending us an email.

John Goyke – Construction Manager
  • Help facilitate communications and questions regarding permits, and new construction in Malden, and aid in communications between building inspectors, residents and Town of Malden Officials.
  • Aid while homes are being built with the LTRO funds.
  • Attend meetings and functions to answer questions regarding building and rules for building.
  • Coordinate use of volunteer labor with LTRO volunteer coordinator.
pending – Executive Director
  • Adherence to the responsibilities and standards of conduct delineated in the PCCRLTRO Executive Director position description is expected .
  • Execute the decisions of the LTRO Board.
  • Oversee the solicitation of funds including gifts and grants to carry out the mission of the LTRO.
  • Act as the public speaker and public relations representative of the LTRO in ways that strengthen its profile.
  • Analyze and resolve problems to ensure the goals and decisions of the LTRO are adhered to.
  • Collaborate with Disaster Case Manager operations.
  • Coordinate recovery operations within the mission of the LTRO.
  • Regularly attend the public events held within the Pine Creek Community to represent the LTRO. 
vacant – Assistant Director
  • Provide administrative and fiscal support services for the Pine Creek Community Restoration Long-term Recovery Organization
  • Monitor website and social media content, creating correspondence,
  • Maintain, monitor, and evaluate budget.
  • Control expenditures to remain within approved budget
  • Work closely with Treasurer and Accountant to keep expenditures on track and identify potential problems.
  • Proofread, edit, and prepare correspondence and publications related to LTRO activities.
  • Establish meeting calendars, agendas, and venues.
Robin Fahle Ohlgren – Communication and Outreach Specialist
  • Participate in weekly leadership and partner meetings as assigned
  • Maintain online presence to raise awareness to residents, funders, and partners, including website, blog and social media
  • Monitor media for stories about or pertaining to LTRO
  • Create and distribute press releases as needed
  • Develop talking points for leadership as needed
Dave Reynolds – Disaster Case Management Lead
  • Adherence to the fire recovery process established by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
  • Oversee disaster case management process and staff of DCMs
  • Assist fire survivors in charting their own paths to recovery
  • Help fire affected individuals access the assistance available from charities, the government, and other agencies.
  • Represent individuals at weekly Unmet Needs Roundtable

 

COUNSELING/MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Local Counseling Resources
REGIONAL COUNSELING SERVICES

CHAS Behavioral Health Center 5601 N Lidgerwood St, Ste 223, 509-555-8200 or 866-907-8200 | CRISIS LINE: 877-266-1818 

Fraley & Associates, PLLC 815 West 7th Avenue, Suite 200, 509-710-8171

 Frontier Behavioral Health 7 South Howard (509) 838-4651 | CRISIS LINE:  509-838-4428

Passages Family Support 1700 S Assembly St, 509-892-9241

Spokane VA Center 4815 N Assembly St, (509) 434-7000 / 800-325-7940

NORTHERN IDAHO

Coaching Into Care  US Department of Veteran Affairs, 888-823-7458

Lewiston VA Clinic  1630 23rd Avenue, Building 2, Lewiston, 208-746-7784

Marimn Health & Wellness 427 12th Street, Plummer, 208-686-1931

North Idaho VA Clinic  915 Emma Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, 208-665-1700

MOSCOW/PULLMAN AREA

Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse (ATVP), 1125 NW Nye St, Pullman, 24/7: 1-877-334-2887 | Whitman: 1-509-332-HELP (4357) | Latah: 1-208-883-HELP (4357)

Palouse Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, 840 SE Bishop Blvd, Ste 103, Pullman, 509-339-2394

Palouse River Counseling, 340 NE Maple St, Pullman, 509-334-1133

Paradise Creek Counseling and Consulting 520 S. Asbury, Ste 2, Moscow, 208-882-2566

University of Idaho Counseling Services, Mary E. Forney Hall Room 306, Moscow, 208-885-6716

Weeks & Vietri Counseling & Community Services, 818 S Washington St, Moscow, 208-882-8514

WSU Counseling & Psychological Services, Washington Building, Rm 302, Pullman, 509-335-4511

SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

800-273-8255Suicide Lifeline

833-6546 Teen Link

741741 Crisis Text Line

 

Roadmap to RecoveryTM Virtual Events - United Policyholders
United Policyholders has scheduled a series of virtual workshops in May 2021 for people affected by 2020 wildfires in Oregon and Washington. These Roadmap to RecoveryTM Virtual Events are online and FREE.
Please add these dates to your calendar and plan to attend.
Mechanics of Rebuilding Your Dwelling: Thursday, May 6, 2021, 4:00 PM PT
This webinar will feature expert guidance on selecting and hiring a builder, paying for materials, and navigating lender and insurance requirements
Navigating the Contents Portion of Your Claim: Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 5:00 PM PT
Learn how to tally up personal property/contents items that were damaged or destroyed so you can collect the full amount owed on those items
Survivor to Survivor Forums
Bring your questions and connect with other survivors and trained UP volunteers with personal experience recovering from previous wildfires
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 7:00 PM PT
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 7:00 PM PT

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Grief Counselling Resources

We encourage community members who may need or want some grief counseling at this time to reach out for assistance.

The Washington State Mental Health Crisis Line serving eastern Washington is 888 544-9986 (24/7/365).
This service is entirely FREE.

The 24/7 hotline for Pullman-based Palouse River Counseling is 509 334-1133. Use of the hotline is FREE of charge. Counseling appointments, however, will require use of medical insurance or direct payment.

Community Grief Support Group 8-week Spring 2021 Series

Community Grief Support Group 8-week Spring 2021 Series. Online via Zoom

March 2 – April 20, 2021  |  Wednesdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Gather with others in a small, supportive setting with care, compassion, and resources to gently explore the journey through grief.

This group will be facilitated by Annie Pillers and Terrie Teare.

Advanced Registration is necessary. Please contact Annie Pillers via email at griefsupport@palouse.com to register.

www.friendsofhospice.net

www.facebook.com/friendsofhospice

DEBRIS CLEAN-UP + ROE FORMS

Whitman County ROE for Debris Testing and Cleanup Phase2
🚨I MPORTANT ! 🚨𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗧𝗬 𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗖𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗡-𝗨𝗣: This form covers right of entry for TESTING and CLEAN-UP and overrides all previous ROE forms, including the most recent Ecology form. 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗗𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗘 𝗜𝗦 𝗠𝗔𝗬 𝟭𝟰.
 
We feel your pain — this has been a long and confusing process!! 🤯 But now Washington State Emergency Management Association and other federal and state partners have devised a streamlined program to facilitate safe removal and handling of burn debris and ash from residential property. To obtain this service a homeowner MUST complete the proper paperwork to allow these agencies to enter onto and clean up their property.
 
Click on the link below to find the form, which is also on the LTRO website. Our new Disaster Relief Manager, Tye Watts, will have access to the phone starting Monday, May 10. His email is valid now and he is able to receive completed forms: DisasterReservist.hsdr12@mil.wa.gov.
 
Residents can also return forms via mail or in person to: Whitman County, ATTN: Bill Tensfeld Emergency Manager, Office phone (509) 397- 5605, 310 N. Suite 101 Main St. Colfax, WA 99111.
 
Thank you for your patience.
 

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Consent to enter property form
This form is for property owners to give consent to Washington State employees and authorized representatives of the Department of Ecology to enter and have access to the property located at the designated address. Consent to Enter Form
Asbestos testing and assessment

Many of the structures damaged by recent fires in Eastern Washington are old enough that asbestos is a concern. The Department of Ecology is offering free asbestos assessments in these wildfire-damaged areas.

Ecology is urging community members to allow us to assist you in assessing structures impacted by these fires. We can schedule asbestos testing and assessments at no-cost to property owners. Read more here.

Team Rubicon Consent to Enter Property Form
FORM DUE SEPTEMBER 11 for Team Rubicon assistance in clearing debris from a resident’s property.. If there are more applications than what they have time to clear, properties with the most dangerous conditions or greatest need will be prioritized for assistance.
Team Rubicon will be in the Pine Creek Community September 12-19.

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SBA/FEMA RESOURCES

SBA Fact Sheet for Disaster Loans
The deadline to apply for physical damages through SBA is April 19, 2021, and the deadline to apply for economic injury is November 9, 2021. All impacted by the Babb Road Fire who could benefit from low interest loans to aid in recovery, are encouraged to apply.

Everyone can apply! If you were affected by the Babb Road Fire, any income level, insured or uninsured, you may be eligible.

SBA Fact Sheet

 

SBA Disaster Assistance Press Release 02-09-21
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Businesses and Residents Affected by Wildfires and Straight-line Winds

Virtual Recovery Centers to Open Wednesday, Feb. 10

Today Whitman County was approved for SBA disaster assistance which includes all the surrounding counties for both physical damages and economic injury.

The deadline to apply for physical damages through SBA is April 19, 2021, and the deadline to apply for economic injury is November 9, 2021. All impacted by the Babb Road Fire who could benefit from low interest loans to aid in recovery, are encouraged to apply. See full press release here:

SBA Disaster Assistance Press Release 02-09-21WA

SBA Disaster Relief press release 02-04-21
SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Private Nonprofit Organizations in Washington

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Washington following President Biden’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of wildfires and straight-line winds that occurred Sept. 1-19, 2020, announced acting Administrator Tami L. Perriello of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance. See full press release here:  SBA Disaster Assistance PR 02-02-21

SBA Resource Partners Flyer

This list of U.S. Small Business Administration’s Washington Resource Partners offer a variety of services to help businesses recover from the effects of wildfires and straight-line winds.

SBA Asistencia de Desastre Communica de Presa 02-09-21
SBA Ofrece Asistencia de Desastre a los Negocios y Residentes del estado de Washington Afectados por los Incendios Forestales y Vientos Rectilíneos

Se Abren Centros de Recuperación Virtuales el Miércoles, 10 de Febrero

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Préstamos federales de desastre a bajos intereses están disponibles para los negocios y los residentes del estado de Washington que se vieron afectados por los incendios forestales y vientos rectilíneos que ocurrieron del 1 al 19 de Septiembre de 2020, anunció la Administradora interina Tami L. Perriello de la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios (SBA). SBA actuó bajo su propia autoridad para declarar un desastre después de la negación de la solicitud del estado de una declaración de desastre mayor para asistencia individual el 5 de Febrero de 2021.

 

La declaración del desastre hace asistencia de la SBA disponible para los condados de Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Lincoln, Spokane y Whitman en el estado de Washington; y los condados de Benewah, Latah and Nez Perce en el estado de Idaho.

 

“SBA está firmemente comprometida en brindar a Washington una respuesta efectiva y enfocada al cliente, y estaremos allí para proporcionar acceso a préstamos federales de desastre para ayudar a los negocios y los residentes afectados a financiar su recuperación,” afirmó Perriello. “Lograr que nuestros negocios y comunidades se recuperen y vuelvan a funcionar después de un desastre es la prioridad número uno de SBA.”

 

“Préstamos federales de desastre a bajos intereses están disponibles para negocios de cualquier tamaño, la mayoría de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro privadas, dueños de casas e inquilinos que sufrieron daños o destrucción en su propiedad por causa del desastre,” dijo Tanya N. Garfield, Directora del Centro de Desastres Regionales del Oeste de la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios.

 

En consideración a los problemas de salud pública debido al pandémico Coronavirus, el Miércoles, 10 de Febrero de 2021, la SBA establecerá un Centro Virtual de Recuperación de Negocios para darles asistencia personalizada a los dueños de negocios. Además, la SBA también abrirá un Centro Virtual de Promoción y Asistencia para ayudarles a los dueños de casa e inquilinos. Representantes del Servicio al Cliente estarán disponibles a los dueños de negocios e individuos para contestar las preguntas sobre el programa de préstamos para desastres de SBA, explicar el proceso de solicitar un préstamo y ayudarle a cada persona a completar su solicitud de préstamo electrónicamente.

SBA Asistencia de Desastre Communica de Presa 02-09-21WA (Spanish)

FEMA Non-Designated Denial Letter 02-04-21

Town of Malden / Pine Creek Community Restoration Long Term Recovery Organization

February 8, 2021

RE:  FEMA Declarations: Public Assistance / Individual Assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared a disaster for the Babb Road Wildfire on Thursday, February 4th. This disaster declaration approves funding for Public Assistance (PA) and Hazard Mitigation (HGMP) programs. A subsequent declaration for Individual Assistance (IA) was denied by FEMA on Friday, February 5th.

Public Assistance from FEMA will help town and county governments, and some non-profit agencies, replace and repair approved items lost in the fire. Examples would include public buildings such as town hall and the fire station, and damages to roads caused by the fire or debris removal. Hazard Mitigation means improvements which will make the community less vulnerable to future disasters. The positive decision regarding PA will help with many of the challenges to clean up and rebuild the backbone of the community.

Individual Assistance, funding for individuals and households, will not be provided by FEMA. The full FEMA letter can be read here. This denial was “…based on our review of all the information available, including the joint Individual Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessments, it has been determined that the impact to the individuals and households from this event was not of such severity and magnitude to warrant the designation…”

The Town of Malden and the Pine Creek LTRO are deeply disappointed and disagree with this decision. Despite the unfortunate denial of IA, we are still moving ahead and remain committed to rebuilding our communities as quickly as possible. The decision to appeal this IA denial lies with Washington State and we know that they have our best interests in mind and will continue to help us identify additional recovery resources whether from the State or the Federal government.

In light of the FEMA denial, we do expect a disaster declaration by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to be made within the next few days. This declaration can make available low-interest loans of up to $200,000 to replace homes lost to the fire, and loans of up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Information on how to access this help will be published as soon as the SBA makes that declaration.

Nevertheless, we continue to be grateful for the incredible support and funding for long-term recovery efforts from so many people, charitable organizations and through the established national network of charities known as Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, or VOAD.

FEMA Non-Designated Denial Letter

INITIAL AFTERMATH DISTRIBUTION

LTRO Disbursment Letter

Attention – Pine Creek Wildfire Residents December 17, 2020

The Pine Creek Community Restoration Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO) continues to work on your behalf as we help address both short-term as well as long-term relief needs. With the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster determination still undecided, the LTRO wanted to get some relief aid to the affected households in the next few weeks.

Because we still lack the FEMA disaster declaration and the relief resources it offers, the LTRO believes we are in what we’re calling the “middle-term” in this recovery process. While much of our short-term recovery (immediate) needs was taken care of by the generosity (Thank You!) of groups like the Rosalia Lions Club, St. John Rural Relief, many faith-based organizations, and agency partners like the American Red Cross. As the LTRO, we are working hard right now on how we might address your immediate needs. We are devoted to hearing you, understanding your concerns, and learning from our disaster recovery partners how to best serve our unique Pine City and Malden communities and residents.

To this end, the LTRO is currently working on an immediate wildfire relief cash disbursement (Visa Debit Card) through our Whitman County United Way Agency partner. Please know that we are committed to creating a fair and equitable disbursement process for each affected households leaning on the advice and best practices of our professional partners, wildfire relief fund managers as well as the intentions of some of our generous donors. We anticipate this will take a few weeks to develop the application process and determine the amount you will receive. We are working on making sure we do this correctly and consistent with our donors’ wishes. More information will be posted to keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. As always if you have an immediate need please contact the LTRO and we’ll do our best to help you. For the latest information on our recovery efforts, please visit: https://www.pinecreekcommunityrestoration.org or like our Facebook Page @ Pine Creek Community Restoration. Wishing you all the best holiday season!

LTRO Immediate Needs Cash Distribution — Application

The Pine Creek Community Restoration LTRO is pleased to offer an immediate wildfire relief cash disbursement through our United Way of Whitman County Agency partner. We are committed to creating a fair and equitable disbursement process for each affected household, leaning on the advice and best practices of our professional partners, wildfire relief fund managers, and the intentions of our donors.

Please complete this confidential application form and submit using one of these four ways:

  • Access and complete the form on the United Way of Whitman County website: whitmanunited.org/pccr
  • Print completed form and deliver in person to LTRO Office in Malden
  • Print completed form and mail to United Way of Whitman County, P.O. Box 426, Pullman, WA 99163
  • Email completed form to contact@whitmanunited.org
  • Please sign and return this application in a timely manner

We anticipate it will take a few days to process these applications. We are working on making sure we do this correctly and consistent with our donors’ wishes. Thank you!

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Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Send us a message if you need recovery assistance or have ideas about helping our community rebuild.

Tell us how we are doing.  We want to hear from you.

 PCCRLTRO@gmail.com

Pine Creek Community Operations

P.O. Box 47, Rosalia, WA 99170

Office Hours: M-F,  9 a.m-5 p.m. Tel: 1-509-508-9806

214 W. Moreland Avenue, Malden, WA 99170