Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Paradise

A third Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for Butte County is opening in Paradise tomorrow to provide residents impacted by the Camp Fire with selected state and federal disaster resources.

The DRC will open at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays.

The Paradise DRC is located at:

1080 Ewald Ct.

(Creative Learning Center)

Paradise, CA  95969

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 serving survivors of the November California wildfires are:

Butte County

Chico Mall – Former Sears

1982 E. 20th St.

Chico, CA 95928

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. thru Sat.

Closed Sundays

 

Butte County

Oroville Store Front Location

2140 Feather River Blvd.

Oroville, CA 95965

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. thru Sat.

Closed Sundays

Los Angeles County

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

30440 Agoura Rd.

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. thru Sat.

Closed Sundays

Representatives of FEMA’s Individual Assistance and Mitigation teams, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other state and federal agencies staff the DRCs and/or have program information available.

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 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.

Californians impacted by the wildfires that started on Nov. 8 in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties 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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