(TNS)— With deadlines approaching for Camp Fire victims to get assistance, FEMA has opened a new disaster recovery center in Paradise to connect residents with emergency services.
The second phase of debris removal has begun, said Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Jovanna Garcia, and Paradise is beginning to fill with people again. Some businesses have reopened, some people whose houses survived the fire have moved back in, and people are coming through every day to return to their properties.
The center opened Wednesday on Ewald Court in Paradise and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.
Thursday marks the deadline to register with FEMA to receive disaster assistance and to submit a "right of entry" form to receive government-subsidized debris removal. The deadline to submit a form for insurance-subsidized debris removal is Feb. 28.
Garcia said FEMA chose to open this center to make it easier for those in Paradise to get the services they need. Formerly, there were only centers in Chico, Oroville and in mobile trucks spread throughout the region.