Butte County Fires
Local Assistance Centers and Donations
The following information can be found at www.buttecounty.net
- Local Fire Assistance Center (for residents affected by the Cherokee and LaPorte Fires)
- How to Help- Donation Information
CalFresh Disaster Assistance
Residents of Butte County affected by the fires and power outages may be eligible for CalFresh disaster assistance. CalFresh provides money for groceries and is being extended to include hot food purchases for fire victims. The following disaster provisions have been established:
- Extension to request CalFresh replacement benefits has been extended to November 8, 2017
- Automatic replacement benefits are available for certain CalFresh recipients within certain zip codes due to power loss
- CalFresh households affected by the fires and power outages are allowed to purchase hot foods and hot food products for immediate consumption with CalFresh benefits through November 15, 2017
See description of CalFresh Disaster information here: http://www.helpcentral.org/calfresh-disaster-assistance/
For more information on how to apply for CalFresh disaster assistance, call 2-1-1. We can connect you to the County’s CalFresh program and to the Center for Healthy Communities CalFresh outreach and information representatives.
FEMA Representatives Available to Assist Residents Affected by the LaPorte and Cherokee Fires
Oroville, CA – Butte County residents who suffered damage or losses from the LaPorte Fire and the Cherokee Fire can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA representatives are available to assist residents in applying for assistance at the Fire Assistance Center (FAC) located at 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th from 8:00am to 4:00pm.FEMA representatives will also be available to assist residents at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) located at 7500 Oro Bangor Highway on Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Applicants will be asked for the following information:
· Social Security number
· Address of the damaged primary residence
· Description of the damage
· Information about insurance coverage
· A current contact telephone number
· An address where they can receive mail
· Bank account and routing number for direct deposit of funds.
Disaster assistance for homeowners and renters may include grants to help pay for:
· Temporary housing
· Essential home repairs
· Uninsured or underinsured personal property losses
· Other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance
FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.
Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if a survivor has registered with another disaster-relief organization, such as the American Red Cross.
Survivors should register even if they have insurance.
FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.
Residents can also apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 1.800.621.3362 or (TTY) 1.800.462.7585.Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 1.800.621.3362. The toll-free numbers are open seven days a week from 7:00am to 10:00pm
BE PREPARED- COMMUNITY EVACUATION INFORMATION
View all Community Evacuation Plans and Maps on the Office of Emergency Management website.
- When evacuating, take your animals with you. If possible, water, food, bedding, and any containment devices necessary. If you have larger animals or livestock that you are unable to take with you, they should be left in open pastures. Do not leave animals locked in a barn or other large structure.
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