October 20, 2017 – The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services continues to coordinate fire recovery efforts with non-profit, state and federal partners.  Several events are scheduled over the coming weekend, and into next week to assist residents affected by the fires.

The Red Cross is opening a Service Center in Nevada County on Saturday, October 21st,  from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Brighton Greens Business Center (the same location of the Local Assistance Center last Tuesday) at 1020 McCourtney Road Suite C, in Grass Valley. Families and individuals affected by the local fires can receive financial assistance in the form of pre-loaded credit cards. In an effort to provide assistance to all identified families in need, the Red Cross will stay open Sunday and Monday if necessary. Service Centers will also be opened in Yuba County and Butte County to provide direct assistance to all the families and individuals who were affected by the Wind Complex fires.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have a Mobile Emergency Office Vehicle (MEOV) in the parking lot at the Brighton Greens Business Center, near the Red Cross Service Center on Saturday as well from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The MEOV will be staffed with FEMA Disaster Assistance personnel. Residents affected by the Lobo and McCourtney fires can speak directly with FEMA personnel to ask questions, review their Individual Assistance (IA) FEMA case, and make additions or corrections to their original IA case. Additionally, residents who have been affected by the fires, need additional assistance for recovery, and are not registered with FEMA for Individual Assistance can do so at FEMA’s Mobile Emergency Office Vehicle this Saturday.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to meet with residents regarding disaster recovery loans starting Monday at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City, in the Coyote Conference Room near the Community Development Agency lobby.  The SBA provides low interest federal disaster loans to businesses and homeowners to replace property or to rebuild or repair structures, and to renters to replace personal property lost in the fire. SBA representatives will be available Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting October 23rd.

A community meeting on the Fire Debris Removal Program with Cal OES will be hosted in the Board Chambers at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City, on Monday, October 23rd, at 6 p.m. Residents with homes or outbuildings that were destroyed in the Lobo or McCourtney fires are encouraged to attend to learn more about the clean-up program with the multi-agency Cal OES and CalRecycle team.