Curry County Democrats

A Message From Our Chair

August 22, 2017

Curry County Democrats share the fears and challenges caused by the Chetco Bar Fire. We must all come together when facing this kind of disaster. We fully support our firefighters and local leaders (regardless of party affiliation) in the dangerous, hard work of managing this threat to our beloved community.

We have been in close contact with folks dealing with this fire on the state and national level. Governor Brown’s good work asking for and getting FEMA relief and National Guard help is already well known. Our Senators and Representative are also aware of our concerns, and doing their part.

Today, federal representatives are requested NOT to be at the site of disasters, as coordinating their presence is a distraction and may increase transportation problems. Firefighting is also not something Senators Merkley or Wyden or Representative De Fazio can or should try to direct. But they are aware of our needs, and supported the FEMA assistance requested by Governor Brown that was approved at 3:45 am on August 21, 2017.

President Trump is fighting against full funding of fire disaster relief.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Merkley is backing the Wildfire Borrowing Fix bill. This bill would help us rest assured that, in a disaster like the Chetco Bar Fire, our U.S. government will be there with its share of funds to help.

Having spoken with Jessica Stevens (Sen Merkley’s field director, at 503-326-3386) we are also assured that Senator Merkley’s office stands ready to do its part in helping constituents here in Brookings-Harbor. You may call her this week, and next week you may call Amy Amiline, our local field representative, at 541-608-9102.

Senator Wyden is briefed on the Chetco Bar Fire. His contact person to answer requests for help from folks in Brookings-Harbor is Mary Gautreaux, 503-326-7525. Molly McCarthy, his field representative, will be here on the day that the next briefing is set, given the need for people to fight the fire rather than hold meetings about it.

Representative DeFazio is also aware of our dangerous situation, and will issue a statement shortly.

LauRose Felicity
Chair, Curry County Democrats

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