DEMAC Weekly Update: 5.22.2020

Good Morning,


You are receiving this email because of your interest in the Disability Emergency Management Advisory Council (DEMAC) of Oregon. We know that the current situation related to COVID-19 creates unique and urgent challenges for Oregonians with disabilities and their families. This week's email gives updates about plans to reopen Oregon as well as other available resources during this time. You are free to share any and all information from these emails. Others interested in being added to this listserv to receive DEMAC updates, please email anna [dot] feigum [at] state [dot] or [dot] us. Please put 'DEMAC' in the subject line so Anna can identify your email.


Is there something DEMAC should know about?

If you have resources to share for future weekly emails, or questions/concerns, please send these to: oregon [dot] masscare [at] state [dot] or [dot] us. Please put 'DEMAC' in the subject line so we can identify your email.



Oregon's new Supply Connector portal for posting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available supplies and needs is now operational and at The portal will allow you to create an account, list what you have available, include your contact information, and update as needed. Through the database, you can connect directly with those in need or those supplying services and products. We encourage you to keep your information updated and perform regular searches of the database to locate opportunities. **Please note that this portal may not hold opportunities for those seeking really small amounts of PPE.**

Part of the Coronavirus Assistance Program, the USDA has partnered with local and regional distributors, to supply food to those in need while also keeping farmers farming and supporting a healthy food supply chain. This program provides a new food distribution channel to keep businesses running and minimize food waste. Pacific Coast Fruit, located in Portland, Oregon, has been awarded the local contract with the USDA beginning May 18th through June 30th. The Archdiocese of Portland will work together with other community partners to reach those in need. For the latest information about public distribution locations and times, please go to


For the latest on Oregon's plans for reopening visit:


General Updates



DEMAC is planning for an upcoming meeting of Primary and Alternate members later this month. The DEMAC was just in the early stages of forming when the pandemic hit, and members were called to action. This meeting will focus on DEMAC's contributions to the statewide COVID-19 response and identify opportunities to improve how we are involved in this ongoing response. Notes from this meeting will be posted on the DEMAC website:


FEMA Region 10 (Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Washington)

FEMA Region 10 Disability Integration continues to support the DEMAC and connect OR with regional and national resources specific to people with disabilities.


The Private Sector Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Exchange Dashboard is a simple to use Dashboard to connect private sector sellers with private sector buyers. FEMA does not endorse any vendors. This dashboard is not for government contracting. The users enter their own information and update as needed:


Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) - State Agency Responsible for Coordinating the Emergency Management System in Oregon

Continue to find OEM briefings, with ASL interpretation, on the OEM COVID-19 webpage:


Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) - ESF 6/11: Mass Care/Food & Water

The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS):

is currently working on guidance for Phase 1 county reopenings around Oregon.
has issued additional guidance and infographics on masks and face coverings for those who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
has updated the scenarios document as well as reporting guidelines for potential exposures for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


You can find ODDS updates at: & DHS COVID-19 updates at:


Oregon Health Authority (OHA) - ESF 8: Health & Medical

On May 1st the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to permit the emergency use of the unapproved product Remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19. As the FDAnotes, "Remdesivir is a direct acting antiviral that inhibits viral RNA synthesis. It is an investigational drug and is not currently approved for any indication.... [However], it is reasonable to believe that the known and potential benefits of Remdesivir outweigh the known and potential risks of the drug for the treatment of patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19." The FDA has issued Fact Sheets for health care providers and patients regarding the EUA for Remdesivir.


Oregon received a limited initial quantity of Remdesivir on and DEMAC was consulted about distribution of Remdesivir and considerations from the disability community. To learn more, read Remdesivir use for COVID-19 in Oregon Frequently Asked Questions:


Disability Community Concerns

Educating the community about disability rights as it relates to re-opening. For example, working with grocers to give them information about barriers that some people have to wearing face coverings, and the need to make accommodations.



Need help with food, utilities, rent or more? Congressman Blumenauer has collected multiple statewide resources all in one place:


Do you need help with groceries or picking up a prescription in the Portland area? Something else? The PDX Mutual Aid Network may be able to help: Complete a form describing what you need and they will connect you with someone able to help.


Guidance on how to plan for seasonal and pandemic flu and other emergencies specific for people with disabilities is attached to this email.


Masks Impede Communication:


This PBS Newshour show highlights some of the hardships people with disabilities are facing:


Where can you get more information?

For updated health and medical-related information visit OHA's COVID-19 webpage:


For non-health and medical information, such as information regarding employment, food resources, education, childcare, etc., go to the Governor's COVID-19 webpage:


For local resources, always call 211 (TTY: call 711) or text your ZIP code to 898211


Webinars & Calls

Oregon Health Authority Calls


Community Calls: Every Wednesday


Meeting Objective: This call will be focused on providing support and guidance on your needs and concerns related to COVID-19.


HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING - sign up at the appropriate link below. You'll receive an e-mail with the phone number and other connection details after you register.

English: Every Wednesday; 1pm - 2pm  

Espanol: Cada miercoles; 2:30pm - 3:30pm  


Regional Listening Sessions: Every other Friday


Meeting Objective: This call will be focused on hearing from community partners about needs, concerns and solutions related to COVID-19.


HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING - Please register for the region(s) you serve.

Central and Eastern Oregon Registration Link; 12:00pm - 12:45pm; Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler;
Central Coast and Southwest Oregon Registration Link; 1:00pm - 1:45pm; Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln;
Northwest Oregon Registration Link; 2:00pm - 3:00pm; Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, Yamhill; 


You'll receive an e-mail with the phone number and other connection details after you register.



Stay well, everyone!





Anna Feigum (she/her/hers)

Emergency Services Coordinator

Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Emergency Management

ESF 6 - Mass Care; ESF 11 - Food & Water

anna [dot] feigum [at] state [dot] or [dot] us

(w) 503-510-9361 | (c) 701-367-4910