Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Chester for Dixie Fire Survivors


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by Plumas County, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will open in Chester on Tuesday, Sept.  14. The DRC will offer information on available resources to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their property from the Dixie Fire.

The Chester DRC will be located at:

              Almanor Recreation Center, 101 Meadowbrook Loop, Chester, CA 96020

              Open 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., seven days a week

Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses and vehicles before they apply for FEMA assistance. In addition to visiting the DRC, the easiest way to apply is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Survivors may also call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. PT, seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available. If you use a relay service, such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel, give FEMA the number for that service.

The DRC will be accessible for individuals with disabilities and have on-site communication accessibility tools like amplified listening devices and Video Remote Interpreting. Additional accommodations can be made upon arrival. ASL interpreters and multilingual services will be available upon request.

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information prior to registration: Social Security   Number; address of the damaged primary residence; insurance coverage information; current telephone number and mailing address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

State and Federal Agencies that will be present: Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Employment Development Department (EDD), California Department of Insurance (CDI), Contractors State License Board (CSLB), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Housing & Community Development (HCD), Cal OES Debris Task Force, and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

For more information about California’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4610 and Cal OES’ wildfirerecovery.caloes.ca.gov. The registration deadline is Oct. 25, 2021.