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Deadline to sign up for FEMA fire aid extended

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for fire survivors to sign up for disaster aid to Monday, Nov. 30.

The previous deadline was Monday of this week.

“We are very pleased that FEMA has given fire survivors a couple more weeks to register for assistance,” said Jackson County Emergency Operations Director John Vial. “While over 4,500 citizens have registered, we continue to hear of fire victims that have not registered and may be losing out on potential benefits.”

So far, FEMA has provided $19.4 million in aid to survivors of the Almeda and South Obenchain fires that ravaged Jackson County in September.

To register with FEMA, visit disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 or go to the Multi Agency Resource Center set up at Central High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford.

The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through this Saturday, Nov. 21.

Saturday will be the last day the center will be open, but people can still register for disaster assistance online or by phone.

FEMA representatives at the center can help people apply for aid, or offer help to those whose disaster claims have been denied. Initial denials may come for a variety of reasons, including if a person didn’t submit needed documents.

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune FEMA will pay for hazardous debris cleanup in the Almeda fire zone.