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 meeting agendas, minutes, and other documentation, please visit https://www.pinecreekcommunityrestoration.org/our-mission-info/.

Board members are staffing Malden Town Hall for residents who would like to visit with them. Mask up and come say hello!

Tell us if something is missing! You can use the email form at the bottom of this page to contact us. Or call us at 509-508-9806.

As we get new information, we will add those resources here.

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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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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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

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

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.

Septic system reconnection waiver

Whitman County is waiving all permitting fees associated with septic installation in Malden and Pine City. Read more about the approval process here.

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.

Town of Malden Resident Survey

RESIDENTS OF MALDEN: Please take the time to fill out this short survey. When completed, return to Town Hall or email to townofmaldenwa@gmail.com.  We appreciate your feedback!

Town Survey

Disaster Case Managers: The process and the people

Pine Creek Community Restoration has a team of Disaster Case Managers (DCMs).  The role of a DCM is 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 Hank.

If you need assistance from a Disaster Case Manager and have not been contacted by one, please send an email to DisasterReservist.HSDR10@mil.wa.gov or visit Town Hall.

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

Meet Your Case Managers

 
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

Case Manager Request

We have case managers to help community members navigate their recovery. Please send an email to Hank if you are interested in setting up an appointment.

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.

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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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!

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.

babbroadfirerecovery@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