Oregon Public Broadcasting says nearly 14,000 Oregonians were denied Federal Disaster Assistance after last year’s wildfires. More than 24,000 Oregonians applied. That means about 57% were denied.
OPB points to the complicated process of appealing a FEMA aid denial and how data is processed by the agency. This is specifically an issue in areas where mobile homes were damaged, like in Jackson County, because living in mobile homes can make it difficult to have the ownership documents needed to apply for aid.
Grace Smith is co-anchor for NBC5 News at 6. The Chicago native is a recent graduate of University of Miami with a Communication Honors degree specializing in Broadcast Journalism. She minored in Creative Writing and focused her senior thesis on social media usage and engagement. During her time at the University of Miami, she anchored multiple award-winning student television programs, covering everything from music festivals to the Super Bowl.
Though she loved Miami’s beaches, she’s thrilled to be in the Pacific Northwest where she can experience all four seasons and have a real Christmas tree! When she’s not at work, you can find Grace glued to any television showing live sports (especially if it’s the Chicago Bears) or attempting a new recipe as she learns to cook.