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Bear Fire Evacuees getting help from the Local Assistant Center and FEMA

Bear Fire victims can go to The Local Assistance Center in Oroville to get help with some of their needs. Action News Now spoke to one evacuee about how she's able to get help.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 7:42 PM

Oroville, Calif. - Bear Fire victims can go to The Local Assistance Center in Oroville to get help with some of their needs. 

Action News Now spoke to one woman from Clipper Mills, she didn't lose her home, but she is still evacuated. She was at the LAC looking for some guidance.

"We are staying in a motel room and it's costing a fortune a day and we are eating out which we are getting sick of," said Bette McMeley. 

McMeley and her son went to the center earlier in the week and got a little bit of guidance, but they are hoping for some more.

"We already talked to Red Cross and FEMA also and we registered with them," said McMeley.

McMeley's son came up to town to help his mom figure out what to do. He said the local assistance center is a great place to start.

"They give you information and packets and stuff on what's available and what you can qualify for, but like I said you need the FEMA number before you do anything, so I recommend people do that first," said John Fox.

Action News Now also spoke to a man who lost everything in the fire.

"We lost everything, but I got my wife, my kids, my grand-kids, my dogs, so whatever else I had they can replace," said Gregory Murphy.

Murphy said he went to the Local Assistance Center to get any form of help he can get. 

"Get my birth certificate, some paperwork done, and to get some vouchers for food," explained Murphy.

Right now Murphy and his wife are staying at a hotel in Roseville. He explained they have been there since September 18th and will be kicked out on the 25th unless they get a renewal.

Murphy says he is worried about other people who are facing the same struggles as him and who have to start over. 

"Every time I close my eyes all I see is videos of my house completely gone, I ... I'm sorry... but you know just start over. That's all you can do, that's it, 61 years old and we have to start over again," said Murphy. 

The FEMA Mobile Resource Intake Center is also now open and available for people to get their registration numbers. 

"They have already helped us 100% I mean we are nervous, you don't know it is easy to talk on TV like I am doing right now. To get out and get online and do all this paperwork it is so confusing, and it is on and on and on so people like this we need the help," said one Bear Fire survivor. 

"People can come here and register for FEMA, get their program get their wants established so we can figure out what programs would be applied to them," said Tory York a representative of FEMA. 

York says survivors will also get their registration numbers there. 

"Once they have registered here then all their future contact with FEMA will be carried out on top of that number, so it is very important," said York.

The end period for registration is October 21st. 

York also wanted to remind people to not give their personal information to anyone who calls over the phone looking for it. He says during these times people will pretend to be FEMA representatives over the phone to try and get your information, but they are not with FEMA. 

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