Disaster Recovery Center in Malibu Closing, Help is Still Available

The Malibu Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Los Angeles County will close permanently at 6 pm on Friday, Jan. 18.

The center, located at the Malibu Courthouse (23525 Civic Center Way, Malibu) will be open daily 9 am to 6 pm until then.

DRCs are jointly operated by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). DRCs offer information concerning resources available to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of the wildfires.

Three other DRCs will remain open to serve survivors of the Woolsey, Hill and Camp wildfires. They are:


Representatives of FEMA’s Individual Assistance and Mitigation teams, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other state and federal agencies, as well as nongovernmental service organizations, staff the DRCs.

DRCs are accessible for individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs. They have on-site communication accessibility tools including amplified listening devices, Video Relay Interpreting and Cap Tel phones. ASL interpreters are available upon request.

The registration deadline for federal disaster assistance is Jan. 31. Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damages to their homes, cars and businesses before applying for FEMA assistance. They can register with FEMA at any DRC, online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multi-lingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (PST). 

Survivors may also apply for low-interest disaster loans with the SBA at their nearest DRC, apply online at SBA.gov/disaster, or contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 for more information.

Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura county residents impacted by the wildfires can find their nearest DRC at https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator or by texting 43362 with the message DRC and their ZIP Code. Standard message and data rates apply.


RJ Ghilarducci

RJ Ghilarducci is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). He joined the OES team to aid in 2018's Camp, Woolsey, Hill, and Holy Fire recoveries. He previously served on Governor Gavin Newsom's campaign, worked as a newspaper reporter, and coached Division 1 college football.

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