Local Assistance Centers are Available for Wildfire Victims in California Counties

Due to the damaging wildfires that have struck Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, Yuba and Orange Counties, Local Assistance Centers (LAC) will be open to serve the communities and individuals that were impacted.

The LAC is normally staffed and supported by local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit and voluntary organizations. The LAC provides a single facility at which individuals, families and businesses can access available disaster assistance programs and services.

LACs have proven to significantly contribute to a streamlined recovery process and have been field-tested in numerous disasters and emergency events. The following is a list of locations for new LACs. Services will vary by location. Local, county, state and federal representation will vary by location as well.
Representation may include, but is not limited to: Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Contractors State License Board, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Insurance, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Veterans Affairs, California Department of Social Services – State Supplemental Grant Program, Housing and Community Development upon need in each individual county.

Other services and in-person representation by agencies may be available, please check ahead of time with your Local Assistance Center.

Local government officials are responsible for assessing the need for and the establishment of a LAC.  Implementation of a LAC should be in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Management Services (Cal OES) Individual Assistance Branch (IA).  The local government is also responsible for coordinating the participation of local government agencies, volunteers, community-based (CBOs) and private non‑profit (PNPs) organizations.

Individuals who are interested in finding out more information about eligibility other assistance programs should call or register at 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 800-462-7585 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov.

Lake County
Clearlake Senior Community Center
3245 Bowers Ave, ClearlakeDates/Hours:
Oct. 17 – Oct. 25
Mendocino County
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road, Building 6220
Mendocino CountyDates/Hours:
Oct. 17 – Oct. 30
Napa County
2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive
Building A, NapaDates/Hours:
Oct. 16 – Nov. 30
9a-7p M-F/ 10a-5p Sat-Sun
Sonoma County
Press Democrat Building
427 Mendocino Ave., Santa RosaDates/Hours:
Oct. 14 – Oct. 22
​FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC 1)
Hanna Boys Center
17000 Arnold Drive, SonomaDates/Hours:
Oct. 17 – TBD

Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

3 thoughts on “Local Assistance Centers are Available for Wildfire Victims in California Counties

  • October 27, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Being someone who lost two homes in the California Wildfires and also battling a rare condition I think it has been relatively helpful for most of the help to be in one centralized location but it’s clear to me that there is more. It would be tremendously helpful if there were a webpage that the fire victims could go to and sign up for assistance and by doing so that one application would then make them eligible for the other things available. I know I’m not just speaking for myself when I say we are all tired, in need of help, direction, assistance and most of us are lacking in coverage in one way or another. It’s sad but it’s true. This has been a costly lesson and we’ve only just begun.

  • October 31, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Please update the Hours and Days on this site. I hear Santa Rosa is still open Tuesday October 31, 2017 except for Sundays.

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