CAMP FIRE: Red Cross Shelters to Consolidate, Oroville FEMA Center Opens

Butte County and the American Red Cross have announced they are consolidating shelters for people who have been evacuated due to the Camp Fire.

Posted: Nov 24, 2018 3:42 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2018 8:46 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Several shelters for Camp Fire evacuees are being consolidated to ensure the sustainability of shelter accomodations, said representatives from Butte County and the American Red Cross on Saturday.

Saturday afternoon evacuees at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds were being taken to the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley (199 East Hazel St.).

Evacuees from Bidwell Jr. High School in Chico are also being moved to the Butte County Fairgrounds. This transition started on Friday.

Transition plans are in progress for evacuees staying at the Neighborhood Church in Chico and the Church of the Nazarene in Oroville.

Only two shelters will remain open after the transition. They will be the Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley or the Glenn County Fairgrounds in Orland.

Officials said Sunday they are working to identify mid-term and long-term temporary housing solutions for residents while they rebuild or secure permanent housing.

Animal shelter accomodations will continue to be provided at the Butte County Fairgrounds site.

A new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Oroville for evacuees. It is located at 2140 Feather River Blvd. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week. (The original Disaster Recovery Center remains open in Chico daily, at he old Sears location in the Chico Mall on 20th St., with the same hours of operation). There are also some mobile registration sites, and a method to apply for services and register online or on the phone.

MRIC 1: Butte County Fairgrounds - 199 E Hazel St, Gridley, CA
MRIC 2: DeGarmo Dog Park - 199 Leora Court, Chico, CA
MRIC 3: Feather Falls Casino & Lodge - 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, CA

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

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. To register, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

Parking is free in the mall parking lot. The LAC is also surrounded by several city bus stops. The site is wheelchair accessible.

You may also register for Disaster Assistance at one of the Disaster Recovery Centers.

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 DisasterAssistance.gov 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 sba.gov/disaster or call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.

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.

For addition Camp Fire infromation and recovery resources visit ButteCountyRecovers.org.

Information is also available from Butte 2-1-1. They have more than 50 pages of resources and contact information for Camp Fire evacuees.

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Strong wind continues to blow through the valley this afternoon, and will last through the evening. Thursday will still be a fairly breezy day, but the wind won't be as strong and our temperatures will be warmer. More wind is coming Friday and Saturday.
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