Second Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Butte County

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The second Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Butte County is opening in Oroville, Calif., to provide residents impacted by the California wildfires with local, state and federal disaster resources.

The DRC will be open Friday, Nov. 23, 1-7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hours of operation for the center are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

DRC location:

2140 Feather River Blvd.

Oroville, CA 95965

DRCs are operated by the State of California and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with other federal, state and local agencies.

Representatives from FEMA, the State of California, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies are among those represented to provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their application.

Survivors with losses are encouraged to register for assistance before going to the DRC by registering online at or by calling 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register. Multilingual options are available and calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Businesses and residents can go to or call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Deaf or hard of hearing may call800-877-8339.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid or other federal benefits.


Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

3 thoughts on “Second Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Butte County

  • November 23, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Why have you not opened up the Tehama County and Shasta County Fair Grounds ? Why have you not opened up many of the schools within Butte, and Tehama County ??

  • November 27, 2018 at 1:14 am

    I am inquiring about help for people affected by Camp Fire repercussions. I know of a lady in her late seventies with disabilities. She uses a motorized chair and cant afford a car. Her only family is a small dog. Her landlord in trying to take advantage of the Camp Fire has told her he is selling the house she rents and has until the end of November to move. She has searched all over Chico in vain. Is there any shelter assistance for her?

  • November 27, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    I have a team of volunteers available with laptops to help victims sign up for FEMA assistance on the FEMA website. Who do I contact?


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