Ventura County Updates & Information

last updated: 03/2/2018


Disaster EDD Unemployment Filing Deadline Extended to March 19, 2018

The Employment Development Department (EDD) today announced that workers, business owners and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours reduced as a result of the Southern California wildfires, floods and mudslides now have until March 19, 2018 to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The previous deadline was February 20. 

DUA applies to losses beginning the week of December 10, 2017. Workers can receive benefits of up to $450 a week for a maximum of 30 weeks. These unemployment insurance benefits are offered to victims of a disaster and available to individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria: 

• Worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self employment, in the disaster area.
• Cannot reach work because of the disaster and can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.
• Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform is their primary source of income.
• Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.
• Became the head of their households because of a death caused by the disaster.
• Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for the regular benefits, and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disasters.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the application is filed. Required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to verify that the individuals were working or self-employed when the disaster struck. Documentation for the self-employed can be obtained from banks or government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business. The fastest and easiest way for new claimants to apply for DUA is to use EDD’s online application, “eApply4UI,” available in both English and Spanish. Claimants can also file for DUA by phone between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, Monday through Friday:

• English: 1-800-300-5616
• Spanish: 1-800-326-8937

Press release here

Long Term Recovery Meeting

Wednesday, February 14
10-11:30 am
Child Development Resources, 221 E. Ventura Road, Oxnard

Find out more info about the Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) here

Post-fire debris flow community safety meetings scheduled

A series of community debris flow safety meetings have been scheduled at locations around the Thomas Fire burn area. The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, in cooperation with other city and county agencies, the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire, has identified 10 zones around the burn area which may be subject to post-fire debris or mud flows. The zones vary depending on their geology, slope and other factors, so residents are encouraged to attend the meeting for their zone.

Zone 1 – Residents of the North Coast and La Conchita
Monday, February 12, 2018
Fire Station 25
5674 W. Pacific Coast Highway Ventura, CA
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Zone 3, 4 & 5 – Residents of the Santa Clara River Valley
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Glenn City Elementary School Auditorium
141 S Steckel Dr Santa Paula, CA
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Zones 6-10 – Residents in the areas of Upper Ojai, Casitas Pass, Matilija Highway 33 Corridor, Meiners Oaks, Oak View, City of Ojai, and Casitas Vista, Nye Road and Creek Road
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Oak View Community Center
18 Valley Rd Oak View, CA

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Zone 6 & 9 – Residents in the areas of Upper Ojai, Casitas Pass and Matilija  
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Zone 10 – Residents in the areas of Highway 33 Corridor, Meiners Oaks, Oak View and City of Ojai
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Zone 7 & 8 – Residents in the areas of Casitas Vista, Nye Road and Creek Road


Reuniones programadas sobre la seguridad de la comunidad
por el flujo de desechos después del incendio

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información.

Deadline for FEma Individual Assistance Applications approaching

Deadline is March 16, 2018!

Apply online at or by phone at 800-621-3362.

Alternatively, visit FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center FEMA at the Ventura County Credit Union’s location in Ventura (6026 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003).

Monday through Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Closed on Sunday


La fecha límite para que los residentes afectados por el Incendio Thomas soliciten
asistencia individual a través de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias es el 16 de marzo
de 2018.

Los residentes pueden presentar su solicitud en línea o en el Centro de Recuperación de Desastres
que FEMA está operando en Ventura County Credit Union de Ventura. La dirección es:
Ventura County Credit Union
6026 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

Lunes a miércoles: 9:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.
Jueves y viernes: 9:00 a.m. a 5 p.m.
Sábados: 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.
Cerrado los domingos

Los residentes de cualquiera de los condados designados – Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa
Barbara y Ventura – pueden solicitar ayuda en el Centro DRC de Ventura.

Antes de visitar un Centro DRC, se recomienda a las víctimas del incendio que hagan su solicitud en
línea en o por teléfono al 800-621- 3362

Flood/mud preparedness event

9am – 12noon
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Rd in Ventura

The City of Ventura & County of Ventura invite you to learn valuable information to keep your home & property safe from potential mud and debris flows resulting from rain on Thomas Fire burn areas. City and County public works officials will discuss burn area analysis and erosion control measures that will assist you in protecting your family and property.

• View maps with details and information about potential risks

• Browse vendor expo products and talk with flood and erosion protection experts.

More info here!


inundacíon/lodo evento de preparacíon

9am – 12pm
Pabellón Poinsettia
3451 Foothill Rd Ventura

La Ciudad de Ventura y el Condado de Ventura lo invitan a aprender información valiosa para mantener su hogar y su propiedad a salvo de posibles flujos de lodo y escombros resultantes de la lluvia en las áreas quemadas por el Fuego Thomas. Los funcionarios de obras públicas de la ciudad y del condado discutirán el análisis del área quemada y las medidas de control de la erosión que lo ayudarán a proteger su familia y sus propiedades.

  • Vea mapas con detalles e información acerca de los riesgos potenciales
  • Explore los productos de expo de proveedores y hable con expertos en protección contra inundaciones y erosión.

FEMA meeting in Santa Paula tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 24, 6:00 p.m.
Ventura County Agriculture Museum
926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula

Spanish-language translators and sign language interpreters will be available at the meeting.

Residents affected by the fire will hear from FEMA Individual Assistance and Small Business Administration officials on the registration process, understanding the IA process, services available at Disaster Recovery Centers, what to expect after registering, and the benefits of low-interest disaster loans.

Following presentations, representatives from FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams and SBA representatives can provide one-on-one help for homeowners and renters impacted by the wildfires, flooding and mud flows, including registering them and providing updates on their registrations.

Residents may also visit the main FEMA Assistance Center located in the Ventura County Credit Union office at 6026 Telephone Road in Ventura during business hours to obtain information or meet with FEMA representatives.  

Good news... FEMA assistance approved for both Montecito flood and Thomas Fire victims!

Apply for aid here.
(More info here.)

Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance... we have folks on our own team navigating this process, and they would love to help.

The serious flooding and mudslides in Montecito and Carpinteria have shut down the 101 from Ventura (Seacliff) to Milpas in Santa Barbara until at least Monday, January 23rd. Alternate transportation is available via Amtrak or Island Packers.

Refer to our Facebook or Twitter for live updates.

Safe lodging, health services, hot meals, and more at the Red Cross shelter at Santa Barbara City College Sports Pavilion/Gymnasium. You can access the Sports Pavilion off Loma Alta Drive. Small animals welcomed.

The Humane Society at 5399 Overpass Rd. and Earl Warren Showgrounds at 3400 Calle Real are accepting animals of all sizes.  

FUN FACT: we're now on Facebook! follow our page for live updates and resources.

SB Evacuation Update

The MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER issued previously now includes the EL CAPITAN CANYON area. To determine if your property is in the evacuation areas, go to & refer to the interactive map. If you do not have access to the Internet, call 211 or (800) 400-1572.

Are you rain ready?

Make sure extra supplies are on hand at home, including: a flashlight, water, food, personal medical supplies, filled prescriptions and a charged smartphone with internet access in case local roads are temporarily closed.

Driving: Check your tire tread. DO NOT drive into a stream of running water—6 inches could change everything.

SB County

more info at


  • Sign-up to receive “VC Alert” mobile messages by contacting VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 or visiting Subscribers will receive emergency notifications such as evacuation notices specific to their neighborhood.
  • Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation plan and follow its guidance.
  • Residents are asked to pull trash bins away from curbs to allow water and any debris to flow along the curbsides. 
  • Sand and sand bags continue to be available for Ventura residents at 336 Sanjon Road
  • The Ventura Police 24/7 nonemergency number is 805-650-8010 and 911 in an emergency.
  • If you see a nearby storm drain that is blocked, contact your local city public works department or Ventura County Public Works at (805) 654-2001.

more tips at

Ventura Storm info

The highest intensity rainfall will occur tonight into early Tuesday morning. Rainfall totals will be significant, ranging from 2-4 inches across coastal and valley areas and 4-6 inches across the foothills and mountains with totals locally up to 8 inches along south facing slopes. 
There is also a chance of thunderstorms with brief but heavy rainfall intensities. Heavy rainfall rates may result in flash flooding and debris flows in the burn areas. Urban and small stream flooding is likely. 

Please slow down on the roadways. More vehicles will be out this morning, including school buses, as local children return to school. 
Please plan ahead to prepare for the coming storm. 
source: Ventura Police Foundation


Monday, January 8


This strong storm is expected to produce heavy rain, high winds and extremely dangerous flash flooding, mud and debris flows. Flash floods, mud and debris flows can happen with little or no warning. It is important that you understand the seriousness of the situation and follow the direction of authorities.

A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for unincorporated parts of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria including all areas NORTH of Hwy 192, EAST of Cold Springs Road, and WEST of Hwy 150/the County line. Also included in this Order are the areas along Tecolote Canyon, Eagle Canyon, Dos Pueblos Canyon, Gato Canyon, and the Whittier burn areas near Goleta. People in these areas should take action to leave no later than 12pm (noon) Monday.

A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for all areas SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean and EAST of Hot Springs Road/Olive Mill Road to Hwy 150/the County line. People in these areas should stay alert to changing conditions and be prepared to leave immediately. If the situation worsens or you feel threatened, leave immediately or take protective actions. 

Do not delay in taking action to protect you, your family, your animals and your property. If you fail to take action and decide to stay in these areas, you could be stranded with no way for rescuers to reach you if you need help.