Disaster Resource Center opens in Janesville

A Disaster Resource Center is set to open in Janesville today, Monday, Sept. 20. Operated by Lassen County, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Disaster Resource Center will offer information on available resources to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their property from the Dixie Fire.

The Janesville Disaster Resource Center will be located at the Janesville Fire Protection District, 463-390 Main St., Janesville. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until Sunday, Sept. 26. For more information, call (530) 250-9009.

Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses and vehicles before applying 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.  Multilingual operators are available. If you use a relay service, such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel, give FEMA the number for that service.

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.

The DRC will be accessible for individuals with disabilities, with 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.

State and federal agencies that will be present include: the Department of Motor Vehicles, California Department of Insurance, Contractors State Licensing Board, California Department of Public Health – Vital Records, Franchise Tax Board, California Department of Social Services, Cal OES Debris Task Force, Cal Vet and the Small Business Administration. Other participating agencies include Lassen WORKs, Lassen County Adult Services, Lassen County Assessor, Lassen County Public Works, Lassen County Planning & Building, and Red Cross. Local, state agencies and non-profit agencies will be on site Sept. 23-25.