9/25/2012 05:15 PM PDT

Local Assistance Center Opens

Shockey Fire Local Assistance Center Opens in Jacumba

 Sept. 25, 5:15 p.m.

A Local Assistance Center (LAC) for residents who suffered losses in the Shockey Fire will be open starting Wednesday at the Jacumba Library, 44605 Old Highway 80, 91934.

The Assistance Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26, 27, 28 and 29. It is open to anyone who has lost a home, suffered property damage or who is otherwise impacted by the Shockey Fire. The site will assist residents with information, basic needs, and referrals to programs and services.

People who have lost their home or suffered extensive property damage may immediately need food or financial assistance, mental or physical health care, and information about the path to rebuilding a lost home. About two dozen governmental and nonprofit organizations will assist residents at the LAC.

County departments will provide information on permitting, rebuilding, and reoccupying damaged property; outreach for disabled and elderly residents; financial and CalFresh (food stamps) assistance; connections to mental and physical health care and information on property tax relief and replacing vital records.

State agencies will include the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Insurance, the Employee Development Department?Job Services, the Contractors State License Board and the Franchise Tax Board. Nonprofits and community organizations will also be on hand.

In addition to the resources at the Local Assistance Center, recovery information and resources for fire survivors is available online at www.sdcountyrecovery.com.