REMINDER: FLOOD INSURANCE ADVISORY:

The City Manager, acting under his powers to remediate the effects of the local emergency declared on December 6, 2017 due to the significant wildfires in the Ojai Valley, advises that all Ojai residents immediately consider securing flood insurance that includes protection from losses caused by mud and debris-strewn water flows. As a result of the recent significant wildfire damage to the hills surrounding Ojai, when rain falls in the area this winter, there is a significant probability of mudflow and debris-strewn water flows from the burned hillsides down into the Valley and City. Residents can purchase flood insurance from the national flood insurance program through their preferred insurance carrier or agent. Flood insurance cannot directly be purchased from the state or federal government. The City cannot recommend any specific insurance carrier. Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program is available at: [http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program].

 

 

FINAL DEADLINE FOR SBA LOW INTEREST LOANS- OCTOBER 15TH

SBA LOW INTEREST LOANS- Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations. Qualified applicants may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. Economic Injury Disaster loans are available for businesses that may or may not have sustained any damage, but have experienced a downturn in business because of the disaster. The SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. Disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at SBA Disaster Loan Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Applications must be filed by October 15, 2018.

NEW DISASTER RECOVERY GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM WEV: EDC is proud to announce a special opportunity for small and minority businesses that were adversely impacted by the Thomas Fire and Debris Flows that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara counties beginning on December 4, 2017. Thanks to the generous contribution of Wells Fargo, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is pleased to offer business recovery grants of up to $10,000 to eligible businesses.

You may be eligible if your business suffered from:

  • Lost revenue due to closures and/or changed and disrupted customer patterns
  • Suspension of operations
  • Plant, property, and equipment damages
  • Damaged inventory
  • Other direct/indirect costs relating to the disasters

Diverse small businesses (e.g. women, minority, veterans, LGBTQ,-owned) are particularly encouraged to apply. WEV will be offering the following free information sessions to learn more about this opportunity:

English Language:

1:00pm, Tuesday, October 9th, English, Ventura Adult Continuing Education, Ron Halt Classroom

10:00am, Wednesday, October 10th, Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery

5:30pm, Monday, October 15th, Online webinar (see WEV website for registration details)

Spanish Language:

6:30pm, Tuesday, October 9th, National University, Oxnard Campus, Room 504

6:30pm, Thursday, October 11th, Santa Barbara Eastside Library, Martin Luther King Room

Orientation sessions will review the application process, timeline and grant agreement. Information will also be available online at www.wevonline.org. Recordings of the info sessions will be posted on WEV’s website the week of October 15th.

To register interest, and/or for more information, please visit www.wevonline.org or call 805-456-2348. For assistance in Spanish, please call 805-232-3089.

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on November 16th or until 150 submissions are received, whichever occurs first.

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RECOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

ONE ON ONE TECHNICAL ADVISING- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by the Economic Development Collaborative, provides NO-COST advising and workshops to small business owners in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

DISASTER RESPONSE MICRO LOAN AND FINANCING- As a community-based lender, EDC offers both new and existing businesses a wide range of loan products up to $250,000 to help ensure competitive growth for businesses in many different types of industries. In addition to our traditional SBDC loan funds, the SBDC is offering micro loans from $5,000- $30,000 at 4% interest through our Fire Disaster Loan Fund to give a cash flow boost to businesses impacted by reduced sales or lost inventory due to the Thomas Fire. Learn more about our EDC Loan program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EDC SERVICES, PLEASE CALL ALONDRA AT 805.409.9159 FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP ONLINE.

 

 

The California Department of Housing and Community Development to Host Grant-Disaster Recovery Program Overview Meeting October 11, 2018.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is holding a public meeting to provide an overview of the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program for residents of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties who were impacted by Wildfires, Flooding, Mudflows and Debris flows in 2017-2018, as a result of FEMA disasters DR-4344 and DR-4353. A factsheet about the funding source may be found by clicking here.

HCD is the grantee of CDBG-DR funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and works with local governments and organizations to fund programs that provide long-term recovery assistance for housing, infrastructure, and economic revitalization. At this meeting, HCD will discuss proposed recovery programs, program eligibility, and the timeline for funding. A flyer with the meeting details is attached.

The meeting will take place on October 11, 2018 at the Hall of Administration’s Lower Plaza Assembly Room at the Ventura County Government Center, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009 from 6pm-8pm.

Additional notes about the meeting:

 

 

County To Hold Public Meetings For Thomas Fire Designers And Contractors

(VENTURA, Calif.) – Designers and contractors planning to work on projects for the reconstruction of buildings damaged or destroyed by the Thomas Fire are invited to attend a public outreach presentation to learn about the building permit process, including the County’s expedited process for fire victims.

Representatives from the California State Licensing Board, Ventura County Building and Safety Department, and other County agencies will be present and available to explain, answer questions, and share information about the permitting process and how to avoid time-wasting pitfalls.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 27,2018 in the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., in Ventura. The meeting will be in in the Lower Plaza Assembly Room, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP at (805) 654-2795 or to marie.becerra@ventura.org.

Separate outreach meetings are being scheduled in Ojai and Upper Ojai for affected property owners to receive information on obtaining a building permit for re-building their homes. The meeting dates and locations will be announced soon, and all are welcome to attend the Ventura meeting.

 

Storm System Update- March 20, 2018

VCemergency.com has posted a weather update (today at 1:55 PM). The latest update includes additional shelter information and school closures.

Shelter Location
• A Red Cross emergency evacuation shelter will be activated beginning March 20, 2018 12:00PM at Ventura College. Ventura College 4667 Telegraph Rd Ventura, CA 93003
• Santa Paula Community Center – Culture Arts Room 536 W. Main St. Santa Paula, CA 93060 (homeless shelter)
• In Santa Barbara County: Earl Warren Showgrounds 3400 Calle Real Santa Barbara, CA 93105
• Small and large animal evacuation shelter open now (limited space available) Ventura County Animal Service 600 Aviation Drive Camarillo, CA
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School Closure
City of Ventura
DATA Middle School, Ventura High School and Loma Vista Elementary School will be on minimum day Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Ventura Missionary School will be closed Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
All other schools in the Ventura Unified School District will remain on their regular schedules.

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Weather Summary
A major Atmospheric River event expected to impact Ventura County beginning Tuesday, March 20, 2018 afternoon through Thursday, March 22, 2018 evening. Rain should start spreading over Ventura County this afternoon. Rainfall is expected to range from 2 to 5 inches along the coast with 4 to 8 inches for foothill areas. Some mountain areas may see over 10 inches. Rainfall totals fall off quickly toward the east with the highest totals along Western Ventura County and along Nordhoff Ridge to Santa Paula Creek. The latest model runs are showing the highest totals occurring in Santa Barbara County. Models are also indicating up to 36 hours of moderate to heavy rain with intensities 0.3 to 0.8 in/hr with areas with 1.0 in/hr possible. The highest intensities should occur late Wednesday March 21, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018 morning. Latest models lowered rainfall totals in coastal areas but increased totals for the foothills around Ojai. Clearing is expected on Thursday, March 22, 2018 evening with drier weather expected over the weekend with a possible light rain event mid to late next week
Qualitative Precipitation Forecast from 3/20/18 – 3/22/18
Location Rain Total Peak Intensity
La Conchita 4.67” .41”/hr-.47”/hr
Ventura 3.73” .27/hr-.43”/hr
Matilija Dam 8.04” .58/hr-.88/hr
Senior Gridley (above Ojai) 7.73” .81/hr-1.08”/hr
Ojai 6.70” .45”/hr-.68”/hr
Santa Paula Creek (Thomas Aquinas) 7.17” .61”/hr-.91”/hr
Fillmore 4.78” .36”/hr-.61”/hr
Oxnard(Ormond Lagoon) 2.87” .18”/hr-.42”/hr
Camarillo CSUCI 2.66” .20”/hr-.41”/hr
Simi Valley / Las Llajas 3.43” .23”/hr-.31”/hr
**Qualitative Precipitation Forecast information provided by Fox Weather LLC**
For additional information on future weather forecasts please visit the National Weather Service https://www.weather.gov/lox/
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Evacuation Information
Mandatory Evacuation Orders
Matilija Canyon
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
North Fork
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Casitas Springs, Nye Road & surrounding area as described on the map below
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
• West: Hwy 33
• South: Nye/Hwy 33
La Conchita
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
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Voluntary Evacuation Orders
Casitas Pass Road, between Santa Ana Road & Rincon Road
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Ojai Road, between Thomas Aquinas College Road and Reeves Road
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Ojai Road, between Thomas Aquinas College and Bridge Road
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
East Ojai, from Gridley Road east to Reeves Road
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
North Of Ojai Areas North of Grand Ave, North of Aliso St. and North of Fairview Rd. to Rice Rd.
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Norway Tract, east side of Floral Drive
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Wheeler Canyon & Aliso Canyon
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Rincon Point
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Voluntary Evacuations for the City of Ventura
• Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
• Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
• Westside Neighborhoods: Generally, all areas East of Wall Street, East of Cedar Street, East of Cameron St. North or West Main St. to Dakota Dr.
• Downtown Neighborhoods: Generally North of Poli St. from Cedar to Kalorama Dr. (Includes Holy Cross School)
• Midtown Neighborhoods: Generally North of Poli St. from Kalorama Dr. to Aliso Ln. South to Main St, East to Lincoln Dr. North to Poli St. East to Agnus (Includes Ventura High School)
• Midtown Neighborhoods: Agnus south to Loma Vista, East to Shamrock, North to Foothill Rd (Includes Loma Vista School)
• East-end Neighborhoods: East of Appian way/Court Ave. to Ashwood north of Telegraph Rd
• All areas North of Pomona St/Beckford St/Albion to Victoria Ave.
• All Areas North of Foothill Road from Victoria Ave. to Kimball Rd.

 

 

Información Sobre La Tormenta de Lluvia Marzo 20 ,2018

Actualizado el 3/20/18 a las 10:47 a.m.

Resumen del clima

Se espera un evento grande de Río Atmosférico que impactará el Condado de Ventura empezando la tarde del martes 20 de marzo, 2018 hasta la noche del jueves 22 de marzo, 2018. La lluvia llegará al Condado de Ventura esta tarde. Se espera entre 2 a 5 pulgadas de lluvia en la costa y de 4 a 8 pulgadas en las zonas montañosas. Algunas zonas de los cerros y montañas pudieran ver hasta 10 pulgadas de lluvia. El total de lluvia disminuye rápidamente hacia el este con los totales más altos en la zona Oeste del Condado de Ventura y desde Nordoff Ridge hasta Santa Paula Creek. El modelo actual de lluvia demuestra que los totales más altos ocurrirán en el Condado de Santa Bárbara. Estos modelos indican hasta 36 horas de lluvia entre moderada y fuerte con una intensidad de 0.3 a 0.8 pulgadas cada hora y la posibilidad en algunas zonas de hasta 1.0 pulgada cada hora. La intensidad más fuerte debe ocurrir empezando la tarde del miércoles 21 de marzo, 2018 hasta la mañana del jueves 22 de marzo, 2018. Los modelos actualizados disminuyen los totales de lluvia en las áreas de la costa pero aumentan los totales en las montañas alrededor de Ojai. Se espera que la lluvia deje de caer por la noche del jueves 22 de marzo, 2018 con la expectativa de un clima más seco durante el fin de semana y posible lluvia ligera a mediados o fines de la próxima semana.

Información cualitativa de precipitaciones de 3/20/18 – 3/22/18

Ubicación Total de lluvia Pico de intensidad
La Conchita 4.67” 0.41”/h-0.47”/h
Ventura 3.73” 0.27/h-0.43”/h
Matilija Dam 8.04” 0.58/h-0.88/h
Senior Gridley (arriba de Ojai) 7.73” 0.81/h-1.08”/h
Santa Paula Creek (Col. Thomas Aquinas ) 7.17” 0.61”/h-0.91”/h
Fillmore 4.78” 0.36”/h-0.61”/h
Oxnard (Ormond Lagoon) 2.87” 0.18”/h-0.42”/h
Camarillo CSUCI 2.66” 0.20”/h-0.41”/h
Simi Valley / Las Llajas 3.43” 0.23”/h-0.31”/h
**Información cualitativa de precipitaciones suministrada por Fox Weather LLC

Para más información sobre futuras predicciones del clima, por favor visite el Servicio Nacional del Clima en https://www.weather.gov/lox/

 

 

Storm System To Impact Ventura County March 20 through March 22- Storm Update

VCemergency issued an update on the forecasted storm expected to begin this afternoon. Please continue to check vcemergency.com for more information. Their recent update is as follows:

Updated 3/20/18 at 8:00AM
Weather Summary
A strong storm system continues to develop off the California coast, tapping into a large plume of subtropical moisture. As a result, a very wet and long duration storm event has been forecast for Southwest California, with some areas likely to receive their highest rainfall totals of the season.

Beginning Tuesday morning, clouds will begin to build across the region and by Tuesday afternoon, moderate showers will start to impact the Ventura County area. On Wednesday, rainfall is expected to peak and downpours in excess of .50”/hr may be possible. Light showers will continue to impact the region into Thursday evening.

Potential for prolonged period of moderate rainfall lasting up to 36 hours.
Peak rainfall intensities may be near .50”/hr and could be higher if a thunderstorm develops.
This system will also bring the potential for widespread urban roadway flooding, rock and mudslides, as well as flooding of creeks and small streams.
Qualitative Precipitation Forecast from 3/20/18 – 3/22/18
Location

Rain Total Peak Intensity
La Conchita

7.35” .39”/hr-.45”/hr
Ventura 6.86”
.36/hr-.43”/hr

Matilija Dam

7.32” .34/hr-.52/hr
Senior Gridley (above Ojai) 7.54”
.33/hr-.89”/hr

Santa Paula Creek (Thomas Aquinas) 6.55”
.33”/hr-.93”/hr

Fillmore 5.62”
.31”/hr-.61”/hr

Oxnard

5.82”
.42”/hr-.64”/hr

Camarillo

6.25”
.52”/hr-.63”/hr

Simi Valley / Las Llajas 6.02”
.44”/hr-.52”/hr

**Qualitative Precipitation Forecast information provided by Fox Weather LLC**

For additional information on future weather forecasts please visit the National Weather Service https://www.weather.gov/lox/

Evacuation Information
Mandatory Evacuation Orders

Matilija Canyon

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
North Fork

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Casitas Springs, Nye Road & surrounding area as described on the map below

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
West: Hwy 33
South: Nye/Hwy 33
La Conchita

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Voluntary Evacuation Orders
Casitas Pass Road, between Santa Ana Road & Rincon Road

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Ojai Road, between Thomas Aquinas College Road and Reeves Road

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Ojai Road, between Thomas Aquinas College and Bridge Road

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
East Ojai, from Gridley Road east to Reeves Road

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Norway Tract, east side of Floral Drive

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Voluntary Evacuations for the City of Ventura

Effective: 3/20/18 – 12:00PM
Expires: 3/22/18 – 5:00PM
Westside Neighborhoods: Generally, all areas East of Wall Street, East of Cedar Street, East of Cameron St. North or West Main St. to Dakota Dr.
Downtown Neighborhoods: Generally North of Poli St. from Cedar to Kalorama Dr. (Includes Holy Cross School)
Midtown Neighborhoods: Generally North of Poli St. from Kalorama Dr. to Aliso Ln. South to Main St, East to Lincoln Dr. North to Poli St. East to Agnus (Includes Ventura High School)
Midtown Neighborhoods: Agnus south to Loma Vista, East to Shamrock, North to Foothill Rd (Includes Loma Vista School)
East-end Neighborhoods: East of Appian way/Court Ave. to Ashwood north of Telegraph Rd
All areas North of Pomona St/Beckford St/Albion to Victoria Ave.
All Areas North of Foothill Road from Victoria Ave. to Kimball Rd.

Shelter Location
A Red Cross emergency evacuation shelter will be activated beginning March 20, 2018 12:00PM at Ventura College.

Ventura College-4667 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

School Closure-City of Ventura

DATA Middle School, Ventura High School and Loma Vista Elementary School will be on minimum day Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Ventura Missionary School will be closed Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

All other schools in the Ventura Unified School District will remain on their regular schedules.

 

Deadlines Are Approaching For FEMA Disaster Recovery Assistance- March 16, 2018 

The deadlines are approaching for FEMA Disaster Recovery Assistance, which is set for March 16, 2018. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance is set for March 19, 2018. related to the Thomas Fires. For information on these and other resources, please visit: http://edc-vc.com/disaster-recovery-services/

 

Winter Storm To Impact Ventura County March 2 through March 4- No Evacuations Expected At This Time

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a moderate winter storm to impact Ventura County, beginning early Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. The majority of the rainfall is expected to reach Ventura County Friday anytime 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Rainfall intensities are forecasted to range between .30”/hr.-.50”/hr., at or below United States Geological Survey (USGS) debris flow thresholds.

Public safety officials from areas impacted by the Thomas Fire met via conference call on 2/28/18 and have determined that no evacuations will be issued at this time given the current forecast.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for VC Alert for Emergency Alerts. Please take a minute to register with VC Alert (or update your address if you are already registered), so that you are able to get direct alerts in the event of an emergency. For more information, or to sign up, please visit http://www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert

 

Employment Development Department To Extend Disaster Unemployment Assistance Filing Date

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The Employment Development Department (EDD) announced on Monday February 26, 2018 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, 2018.

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
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 1-800-547-3506
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-547-2058

 

Feb 26, 2018

DR-4353-CA NR 013

Cal OES News Desk 916-800-3943

FEMA News Desk: 916-718-8540

 

Ventura Disaster Recovery Center Transitioning to SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Ventura County will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) as of Thursday, March 1.

DRCs are jointly run by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Representatives from FEMA, SBA and other state and federal agencies staff the DRCs. They offer survivors of the December wildfires and January mudslides disaster assistance resources.

The DRC will cease operations at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. An SBA DLOC will open at the same location on Thursday, March 1.

Hours of operation for the DLOC will be:

Monday through Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Until further notice. No appointment is necessary.

SBA customer service representatives will be at the DLOC to meet with businesses and residents to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program and close their approved disaster loans.

As any DRC closes, those affected are reminded that FEMA is a phone call, a mouse click, or FEMA app away. Disaster survivors can go online at DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app, or call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 for TTY users. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, seven days a week. The deadline to register for disaster assistance is March 16, 2018.

 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center to close February 28

VENTURA, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that it will close its Disaster Recovery Center in Ventura at the end of the month. The last day of operations will be Wednesday, February 28.

The center has served more than 1,000 victims of the Thomas Fire since it opened on Jan. 19, but the number of clients visiting the center has recently fallen significantly.

The deadline for residents affected by the Thomas Fire to apply for Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is March 16, 2018. Until it closes on February 28, residents affected by the Thomas Fire can find the center at:

Ventura County Credit Union

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

After February 28, residents can still obtain federal assistance by applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362.

The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants should have the following information at hand:

  • Social Security number.
  • Address of the damaged primary
  • Description of the damage.
  • Information about insurance coverage.
  • A current contact telephone number.
  • An address where they can receive mail.
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

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Cierra Centro de Recuperación de Desastres de FEMA el 28 de Febrero

VENTURA, Calif. –La Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA ha anunciado que cerrará su centro de recuperación de desastres en Ventura a finales de mes. El último día de operaciones será el miércoles, 28 de febrero.

El centro ha prestado sus servicios a más de 1,000 víctimas del Incendio Thomas desde que abrió el 19 de enero, pero el número de clientes que visitan el centro ha disminuido en forma considerable recientemente.

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. Hasta que se cierre el 28 de febrero, los residentes afectados por el Incendio Thomas pueden acudir al centro en:

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

Después del 28 de febrero, los residentes todavía pueden obtener asistencia federal mediante una solicitud en línea en DisasterAssistance.gov o por teléfono al 800-621-3362 o (TTY) 800-462-7585. Los solicitantes que utilicen 711 o el Servicio de Video Relay pueden llamar al 800-621-3362.

Los números gratuitos están abiertos de las 7 a.m. a las 10 p.m. siete días a la semana.

Los solicitantes deben tener a la mano la siguiente información:

  • Número de Seguro Social.
  • Dirección de su residencia principal que ha sido dañada.
  • Descripción de los daños.
  • Información sobre cobertura de seguro.
  • Un número de teléfono de contacto actual.
  • Una dirección donde pueden recibir correo.
  • Cuenta bancaria y números de ruta para depósito directo de fondos.

 

Ventura County of Office Emergency Services Provides Flood and Debris Flow Threat Information

The Thomas fire started on December 4, 2017 and burned approximately 281,893 acres across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Post-fire soil conditions in areas adjacent to mountains and hills are well known for their ability to produce rock and debris flows. These rock and debris flow form rapidly, and the outcome is often devastating during high-intensity rainfall. Additionally, areas that are not typically prone to flooding may
now be at new risk due to higher than usual flows in nearby streams and creeks.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services has provided the below document to provide information and helpful tips to prepare, and has scheduled the following informational meetings:

February 17, 2018 – Oak View Community Center
18 Valley Rd., Oak View, CA
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Zone 6 & 9
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Zone 10
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Zone 7 & 8

The City of Ojai has completed modeling of potential debris and will briefly review at the February 13 Council meeting at the end of the related Police Department presentation. The resulting maps will be presented by staff to the public at the Post-fire debris flow community safety meeting scheduled at the Oak View Community Center on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00 – 2:30 PM; this time is designated for Zone 10 – residents in the areas of Highway 33 Corridor, Meiners Oaks, Oak View and City of Ojai. City staff will be available at this time to assist with understanding the maps.

 

 

Post-fire debris flow community safety meetings scheduled

 

VENTURA, Calif. – 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.

 

Each meeting will include in-depth descriptions of the analysis which took place to determine the mud and debris flow risks created by the fire. Speakers will discuss alert and warning notifications; evacuation areas and terminology; and community and personal emergency preparedness. Spanish-language translators and sign language interpreters will be available at all of the meetings.

 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fire Station 25

5674 W. Pacific Coast Highway

Ventura, CA

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Zone 1 – Residents of the North Coast and La Conchita

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Glenn City Elementary School Auditorium

141 S Steckel Dr

Santa Paula, CA

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Zone 3, 4 & 5 – Residents of the Santa Clara River Valley

 

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

 

Additional meetings are being considered for residents in the city of Ventura, but no dates have been set. Affected residents should plan on attending one of the scheduled meetings and monitor the Ventura County Recovers website and the website for the City of Ventura for any further updates.

Reuniones programadas sobre la seguridad de la comunidad por

el flujo de desechos después del incendio

 

VENTURA, Calif. –Se han programado una serie de reuniones sobre la seguridad de la comunidad por el flujo de desechos en lugares alrededor de las zonas quemadas durante el Incendio Thomas.

 

La oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Sheriff, en cooperación con otras agencias de la ciudad y del Condado, el servicio forestal de los E.E.U.U. y Cal Fire, ha identificado 10 zonas alrededor del área del incendio que podrían estar sujetas al flujo de escombros o lodo después del incendio. Las zonas varían dependiendo de su geología, pendiente y otros factores, por lo que se recomienda a los residentes a que asistan a la reunión para su zona.

 

Cada reunión incluirá descripciones detalladas del análisis que se llevó a cabo para determinar los riesgos del flujo de lodo y escombros creados por el incendio. Los conferencistas discutirán las notificaciones de alerta y aviso; áreas de evacuación y terminología; y la preparación personal y comunitaria en caso de emergencia. Contaremos con la presencia de intérpretes en español e intérpretes de lenguaje de señas en todas las reuniones.

 

Lunes 12 de febrero de 2018

Fire Station 25 – Estación de Bomberos 25

5674 W. Pacific Coast Highway

Ventura, CA

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Zona 1 – Habitantes de la Costa Norte y La Conchita

 

Martes 13 de febrero de 2018

Auditorio de la Escuela Glenn City Elementary

141 S Steckel Dr

Santa Paula, CA

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Zona 3, 4 & 5 – Habitantes del Valle del Río Santa Clara

 

Sábado 17 de febrero de 2018

Centro Comunitario de Oak View

18 Valley Rd

Oak View, CA

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Zona 6 & 9 – Habitantes de las zonas Upper Ojai, Casitas Pass y Matilija
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Zona 10 – Habitantes de las áreas del Corredor de la autopista Highway 33, Meiners Oaks, Oak View y Ciudad de Ojai
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Zona 7 & 8 – Habitantes de las áreas de Casitas Vista, Nye Road y Creek Road

 

Se están considerando reuniones adicionales para los habitantes de la ciudad de Ventura, pero no se han decidido las fechas. Los habitantes afectados deben planear asistir a una de las reuniones programadas y  seguir de cerca el sitio web Ventura County Recovers y el sitio web de la ciudad de Ventura City of Ventura para cualquier actualización.

Individual Assistance Approved for Victims of Thomas Fire

The County and City of Ventura have been informed their appeal for individual assistance for victims of the Thomas Fire has been approved. The federal disaster declaration, original declared January 2, 2018, has been amended, now making available such programs as Disaster Unemployment Insurance, Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households, Small Business Assistance, Legal Assistance and Community Housing Loans, among other federal assistance programs. Residents and businesses of Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore and other cities within the County may also be eligible for these assistance programs.

“These individual assistance programs are critical and will go a long way towards helping impacted victims and businesses recover in as timely a manner as possible,” said County Executive Officer Michael Powers. “Like other aspects of our recovery, our Federal and State Legislators and our partners at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and FEMA have once again moved rapidly with us to overcome this unprecedented disaster.”

In the coming days FEMA representatives will be in the County and City holding local information meetings, as well as opening a local FEMA assistance center to work directly with impacted individuals and businesses. Information will be shared on those meetings and the assistance center as soon as it becomes available. Residents can also apply online via disasterassistance.gov, by phone 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 or download the app at fema.gov/mobile-app for any of these programs.

“On behalf of our residents, we are truly grateful for FEMA’s rapid reconsideration of our request. This is a major step forward for our residents and local businesses and could not have come at a better time,” noted Interim Ventura City Manager Dan Paranick.

Other impacted counties including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego are also covered under this amended declaration.

Asistencia Individual Aprobada para las Víctimas del Incendio Thomas

El Condado y la Ciudad de Ventura han sido informados que su apelación de asistencia individual para las víctimas del incendio Thomas ha sido aprobada. La declaración federal de desastre, originalmente declarada el 2 de enero del 2018, ha sido enmendada y ahora pone a disposición programas tales como Seguro de Desempleo por Desastre, Asistencia de Vivienda a Individuos y Hogares, Asistencia a Pequeñas Empresas, Asistencia Legal y Préstamos Comunitarios de Vivienda, entre otros programas de asistencia federal. Residentes y negocios de Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore u otras ciudades del condado también pueden ser elegibles para asistencia de estos programas.

“Estos programas de asistencia individual son fundamentales y contribuirán en gran medida a ayudar a las víctimas y empresas afectadas a recuperarse de la manera más oportuna posible”, dijo el Oficial Ejecutivo del Condado Michael Powers. “Al igual que otros aspectos de nuestra recuperación, nuestros legisladores federales y estatales, y nuestros socios de la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Gobernador (CalOES) y FEMA una vez más se han movilizado rápidamente con nosotros para superar este desastre sin precedente”.

En los próximos días, los representantes de FEMA estarán en el condado y la ciudad organizando juntas locales de información, además abrirán un centro local de asistencia de FEMA para trabajar directamente con las personas y las empresas afectadas. La información se compartirá en esas juntas y en el centro de asistencia tan pronto como esté disponible. Residentes también pueden aplicar en línea en disasterassistance.gov o por teléfono llamando a 800-621-3362 o 800-462-7585 o descargando la aplicación en fema.gov/mobile-appara cualquier de estos programas.

“En nombre de nuestros residentes, estamos realmente agradecidos por la rápida reconsideración de nuestra solicitud por parte de FEMA. Este es un importante paso adelante para nuestros residentes y negocios locales y no podría haber llegado en un mejor momento “, señaló el Gerente Interino de la Ciudad de Ventura, Dan Paranick.

Otros condados afectados, incluyendo Santa Bárbara, Los Ángeles y San Diego, también están cubiertos por esta declaración enmendada.

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team to Be Available at Upper Ojai Valley Debris Removal meeting on January 18


VENTURA, Calif. – An informational meeting has been set in Upper Ojai for residents affected by the Thomas Fire who are seeking debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged or destroyed property. With the January 22 deadline for Right-of-Entry forms approaching, this will be among the final debris-related meetings. The information presented will be applicable to fire victims from all areas of the Thomas Fire.

 

A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team will be on hand to register homeowners and renters who were impacted by the wildfires, flooding and debris flows. Additional dates and locations for FEMA assistance will be announced as soon as they are known.

 

The meeting will be held in Upper Ojai:

 

Thursday, January 18, Summit Elementary School – Hartman Hall

6 p.m.

12525 Ojai/Santa Paula Road, Ojai

 

During the meetings, residents will hear information from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) about the second phase of the debris removal. After the presentation, representatives from CalRecycle and CalOES will be available for breakout sessions with residents to answer individual questions.

 

During Phase II, teams from CalRecycle will remove the remaining debris (including building foundations) from properties with destroyed residential structures.

 

There is no cost to the property owner for this phase of the work, however residents will need to provide right-of-entry (ROE) forms, insurance information and other important paperwork to allow the clean up their property.

 

It is strongly suggested that residents sign up for this service as soon as possible and submit the proper paperwork to facilitate the safe removal of the debris and ash by CalRecycle. The final deadline to submit the paperwork is January 22, 2018. Copies of the ROE and other forms are available at www.venturacountyrecovers.org and the informational meetings. CalRecycle has an Operations Center at 290 Maple Court, Suite 120 in Ventura. Forms and information are be available there as well as the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center and Ventura City Hall.

 

The County’s Environmental Health Division is operating a special counter at the Government Center to assist residents with their Right-of-Entry forms and accept paperwork. The counter is open during normal business hours.

El Equipo de Asistencia para Sobrevivientes de Desastres de FEMA Estará Disponible en la Junta Sobre la Eliminación de Escombros del Valle de Ojai el 18 de Enero

 

VENTURA, Calif. – Se ha establecido una junta informativa en Upper Ojai para los residentes afectados por el incendio Thomas que están buscando servicios de eliminación de escombros de CalRecycle, este es para propiedades severamente dañadas o destruidas. Con la fecha límite del 22 de enero para los formularios de Derecho de Entrada, esta será una de las últimas juntas relacionadas con la eliminación de escombros. La información presentada será aplicable a las víctimas de todas las áreas del incendio de Thomas.

 

Un equipo de asistencia para sobrevivientes de desastres de FEMA estará presente para registrar a los propietarios e inquilinos que fueron impactados por los incendios forestales, las inundaciones y los desbordamientos de escombros. Se anunciarán fechas y lugares adicionales para la asistencia de FEMA tan pronto como se conozcan.

 

La Junta será en Upper Ojai en la Escuela Summit el jueves, Enero 18 a las 6 p.m.

 

Jueves, Enero 18, Summit Elementary School – Hartman Hall        12525 Ojai/Santa Paula Road, Ojai

6 p.m.

 

Durante las juntas, los residentes recibirán información del Departamento de Recuperación y Recuperación de Recursos de California (CalRecycle) y de la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia de California (CalOES) sobre la segunda fase de la eliminación de escombros. Después de la presentación, representantes de CalRecycle y CalOES estarán disponibles para sesiones con residentes y podrán responder a preguntas individuales.

 

Durante la Fase II, los equipos de CalRecycle eliminarán los escombros restantes (incluyendo los cimientos de viviendas) de las propiedades con estructuras residenciales destruidas.

 

No hay ningún costo para el dueño de la propiedad para esta fase del trabajo, sin embargo, los residentes deberán proporcionar formularios de Derecho de Entrada (ROE por sus siglas en inglés), información del seguro e otros documentos importantes para permitir la limpieza de su propiedad.

 

Se recomienda a los residentes que se registren para este servicio lo antes posible y presenten la documentación correspondiente para facilitar la eliminación segura de escombros y cenizas por parte de CalRecycle. La fecha límite para enviar los documentos es el 22 de enero de 2018. Copias del ROE y otros formularios están disponibles en www.venturacountyrecovers.org y en las juntas informativas. CalRecycle tiene un Centro de Operaciones en 290 Maple Court, Suite 120 en Ventura. Los formularios y la información estarán disponibles allí, así como en las oficinas del Condado y de la ciudad de Ventura.

 

La División de Salud Ambiental del Condado (Environmental Health)  tiene un mostrador especial en las oficinas del Condado para ayudar a los residentes con sus formularios de Derecho de Entrada y aceptan el formulario para tramitar. El mostrador está abierto durante el horario normal de oficina.

The U.S. Forest Service Announces the Thomas Fire Has Been 100% Contained

Goleta, Calif., January 12, 2018 — For Immediate Release from the U.S. Forest Service, the following is the latest information on the Thomas Fire:

Start Date: December 4, 2017

Cause: Under Investigation

Size: 281,893 acres

Containment: 100%

Personnel: 13

Structures Destroyed: 1,063

Structures Damaged: 280

Current Situation: After the over flights yesterday, the Thomas Fire is now at 100% containment. The forest closures within the footprint of the Thomas Fire remain in effect until further assessments can be made and deemed safe for the public to re-enter.

Los Padres National Forest would like to thank all the first responders and cooperators that responded to this incident over the last month and giving up the opportunity to spend the holidays with their families and the sacrifices they made. We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time.

Wildfires exacerbate the potential for debris flow and are most likely to occur during high intensity rainfall. Debris flows can be extremely dangerous. There is currently a closure order that covers the burned area and surrounding areas as well.

This order includes trails within the burned area. Please adhere to the closure order and stay out of the forest until Los Padres National Forest deems it safe for the public to reenter the area. Also, please be mindful of any notices and warnings put out by our cooperators, Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Services and Ventura County Office of Emergency Management.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts. The Sage Hill Group Campground is temporarily closed while fire crews use the area as a base camp.

Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest. Campfires are allowed only in designated-use sites, and no fires are allowed in the backcountry; portable stoves and lanterns (with an on-off switch) are only permitted with a valid California Campfire Permit.

The federal Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) team and California Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT) are assessing areas within the Thomas Fire for burn severity and identifying locations at risk for flooding, debris flows and other post-fire hazards.

The teams will turn over their data to Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management and Ventura County Office of Emergency Services, who will develop emergency preparedness and response plans for their respective communities.

County-based emergency service agencies are reviewing assessment reports from the BAER and WERT teams and working on emergency preparation plans for affected communities. After a wildfire, flood risk is usually highest until vegetation returns, which can take up to five years.

Flood preparation information is available at www.countyofsb.org/pwd/floodprep.sbc for Santa Barbara County and www.venturacountyrecovers.org for Ventura County.

Flood Preparation: Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are posting flood preparation and recovery information on the following websites:

Free Recovery and Insurance Orientation Workshop to be held at County of Ventura Hall of Administration

A free “Roadmap to Recovery” recovery and insurance orientation workshop for victims of the Thomas Fire will be held at the Ventura County Government Center on Monday, January 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room, County of Ventura Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., in Ventura.

Workshop Topic is: Information and guidance on first steps on the road to recovery and navigating insurance claims.

There will be free parking for the event in Parking Lot G.

Who should attend? Disaster survivors whose insured homes were damaged or destroyed in the wildfire. Attendees will receive a free copy of the “little yellow” Disaster Recovery Handbook and have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A portion of the program.

The workshop is presented by United Policyholders, a non-profit consumer organization that has been guiding and supporting disaster-impacted households, individuals and businesses since 1991.

For more information visit www.uphelp.org/SoCalWildfires
Attendees can RSVP by emailing: susangpiper@gmail.com

 

Schedule for People Like You Film on Channel 10

The disaster preparedness movie, “People Like You,” will be playing on Channel 10 every Sunday morning at 6 a.m., and on Monday evening, at 7 a.m. The film has excellent advice for how to prepare for emergencies.

Caltrans preparing for potential impact of storm events

Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast for Los Angeles/Ventura counties

LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is taking preventive steps to minimize the potential impact of storm events hitting the southern California region this week.

Caltrans is conducting a variety of maintenance tasks to minimize the potential for flooding, mud and debris flows, particularly along State Routes 33 and 150 in the Thomas Fire burn area, and Interstate 210 in the La Tuna Fire burn area.

These tasks include the following:

  • Checking and clearing culverts, detention basins, drains and inlets.
  • Ensuring pump houses are operational and in working order, preparing water pumps and sand bags that can be used as needed, installing “flooded” signs mounted on barricades that can be placed in affected areas.
  • Stocking up on cold mix asphalt and base materials to repair wash outs.
  • Utilizing straw blankets, plastic sheeting, mulch and other methods to stabilize slopes and control erosion, placing sandbags and temporary concrete barriers (commonly known as “K-rails”) along burned slopes to help prevent loose dirt and rocks from falling onto highways.

In the event of slides, flooding or similar conditions, drivers should try to use alternate routes and follow instructions from local emergency officials.

During inclement weather, drivers should plan ahead, allow extra time for travel and use caution on roadways, which will be slick and require longer stopping distances.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CaltransDist7 for any updates on freeway or highway closures, as well as Caltrans’ QuickMap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov, or the free app available on Google Play or the App Store.

 

After Hours Contact For Public Works Department

In an emergency, please contact 911. For after hours assistance from the City’s Public Works Department, please call the after-hours number at (805) 207-4366.

Storm Information Available Now on VCEmergency.com

Reminder: The best source for information on this “January Winter Storm” is http://www.vcemergency.com/. VCEmergency.com will have the latest news and updates, and will be updated 24/7 if necessary.

 

Advisory from Ventura County Sheriff’s Office: Information on Incoming Rainstorm in English and Spanish

Monday, January 8, 2018 will usher in the first significant storm for Southern California this season. As the storm has moved closer to the region, the rainfall rates have been estimated to bring intensities of a half inch to one inch per hour in the foothills of Western Ventura County overnight Monday into Tuesday between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. That time period is expected to be the peak of the storm with rain tapering off after 6:00 am Tuesday. Additional rain with possible high intensity short term downpours could be seen throughout Tuesday.

Many areas in the county are susceptible to mudslides even without the impact the Thomas Fire has had on hillsides. The Thomas Fire has stripped hundreds of square miles of mountains and hillsides leaving no vegetation to hold the soil in place. According to geologists who have surveyed the burn area, Monday’s storm could bring enough rain to cause mud and debris flows in areas that were impacted by the Thomas Fire. Members of the community need to be aware that debris flows can occur suddenly and without warning.

In anticipation of this and other storms this season, inmates at the Todd Road Jail have been steadily filling sandbags at the rate of 2,000 per day. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has also acquired 40,000 surplus sandbags from the Department of Defense to distribute to the public during this rainy season. Ventura County Public Works has purchased additional sandbags and they will be available to the public for free, so residents and business owners can help to protect their properties from mud and debris flows. The sandbags are being distributed through Ventura County fire stations in and around the Thomas Fire burn area, and they will have supplies on hand so residents can also fill sandbags in the event the pre-filled bags run out. Residents can get sandbags from local fire stations during normal business hours. When they are not involved in an emergency response, firefighters will be available to assist residents.

For city of Ventura residents, free sand and sandbags are available (while supplies last) at:
– City of Ventura, Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road (public parking lot)
– Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road (lower lot)
Residents are asked to bring their own shovel.

The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will open their Emergency Operations Center Monday morning, and has held planning meetings in advance of this rain event with our partner agencies, such as the Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura County Public Works, County Chief Executive Office, city leaders throughout the region, and the American Red Cross.

Residents need to be prepared to evacuate if necessary. We had great success with our notification systems during the Thomas Fire, but no system is perfect. Be aware, stay tuned-in and help your neighbors, friends and families stay up to date. If evacuations are necessary the initial Red Cross shelter location will be at the Ventura County Fairgrounds – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura

During Monday’s rainstorm, residents can get the most up-to-date information about road closures and any areas impacted by the storm at the following website: 
http://www.vcemergency.com/

Additional information about storm preparation can be found at the following website:
http://venturacountyrecovers.org/category/rain-ready/

The website also contains an interactive map produced by the United States Geological Survey that shows the potential debris flow hazard for areas in and around the Thomas Fire burn area.

Be sure to sign up for www.vcalert.org for direct notification on evacuations and others emergencies.

City of Ventura residents can go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov for local information.
City of Ojai residents can go to www.ojaicity.org
City of Santa Paula residents can go to www.ci.santa-paula.ca.us/

Preparación de la Comunidad para una tormenta de lluvia significativa

Lunes, 8 de enero trae la primera tormenta significativa del Sur de California de esta temporada Al acercarse a la región, esta tormenta trae una cantidad de lluvia estimada en media pulgada a una pulgada cada hora en las montañas de la parte oeste del Condado de Ventura empezando la noche del lunes hasta el martes, 10pm a 6am. Este periodo de tiempo es lo que se espera sea lo más intenso de la tormenta con la lluvia disminuyendo después de las 6:00 am del martes. Mas lluvia intensa es posible durante periodos cortos durante el martes.

Muchos lugares en el condado están susceptibles a avalanchas de lodo aún sin el impacto que el Incendio Thomas tuvo en las montañas. El Incendio Thomas acabó con cientos de pies cuadrados de la vegetación en las montañas y lomas las cuales mantenían la tierra en pie. Según los geólogos que han estudiado el área quemada, la tormenta del lunes puede traer bastante lluvia para causar avalanchas de lodo y escombros en los lugares que fueron impactados por el Incendio Thomas. Los miembros de la comunidad necesitan estar conscientes que una avalancha de escombros puede ocurrir de repente y sin aviso.

En anticipación a esto y otras tormentas esta temporada, los presos de la cárcel Todd Road han estado llenando bolsas de arena, 2,000 por día. La Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Ventura ha obtenido 40,000 bolsas de arena adicionales del Departamento de Defensa para que sean distribuidas a la población durante la temporada de lluvia. Trabajos Públicos del Condado de Ventura ha comprado bolsas de arena adicionales, disponibles a la población gratuitamente. De esta manera los residentes pueden proteger sus hogares y negocioso del flujo de lodo y escombros. La distribución de bolsas de arena será en las estaciones de bomberos del Condado de Ventura en los alrededores de los lugares afectados por el Incendio Thomas, además tendrán el equipo necesario para llenar bolsas de arena en caso de que se agoten las bolsas. Los residentes pueden obtener las bolsas de arena durante el horario normal de servicio de las estaciones de bomberos. Cuando los bomberos no estén atendiendo una emergencia, ellos estarán disponibles para ayudar a los residentes.

Para los residentes de Ventura, las bolsas de arena están disponibles en (hasta agotar existencia):

– City of Ventura, Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road (Estacionamiento)
– Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road (estacionamiento bajo)
Se les pide a los residentes traer sus propias palas.

La Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Alguacil abrirá su Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia el lunes por la mañana, se han reunido en juntas de planeación con otras agencias anticipando esta lluvia, agencias como el Departamento de Bomberos del Condado de Ventura, Trabajos Públicos de Ventura, Oficina Ejecutiva del Condado, líderes comunitarios de la región, y la Cruz Roja Americana.

De ser necesario, los residentes deben estar preparados para evacuar. El sistema de notificación funcionó muy bien durante el Incendio Thomas, pero ningún sistema es perfecto. Esté atento, ponga atención y ayude a sus vecinos, amigos y familiares a mantenerse al tanto. Si son necesarias las evacuaciones el lugar inicial de alojamiento de la Cruz Roja será el los Terrenos de la Feria de Ventura– 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura

Durante la tormenta del lunes, los residentes pueden recibir información actualizada sobre los cierres de carreteras y cualquier área impactada por la tormenta siguiendo la página web:
http://www.vcemergency.com/

Información adicional sobre la preparación para la tormenta se encuentra en:
http://venturacountyrecovers.org/category/rain-ready/

La página web también contiene un mapa interactivo proporcionado por El Estudio Geológico de Estados Unidos. El mapa demuestra los lugares donde puede ser posible derrame de escombros en y alrededor de los lugares del Incendio Thomas.

Inscríbase en www.vcalert.org para notificaciones sobre evacuaciones y otras emergencias.

Residentes de la Ciudad de Ventura www.cityofventura.ca.gov para información local.
Residentes de Ojai www.ojaicity.org
Residentes de la Ciudad de Santa Paula www.ci.santa-paula.ca.us/

VCSD Video Showing Dangers of Flooding, Swift Water and Mudslides Now Available

Are you prepared? With disasters across the nation and most recently our fire here, it is important more now than ever to make sure we have planned accordingly.

This week is forecasted to bring the first significant rain of the season to Ventura County. Some weather stations are predicting up to an inch of rain along the coast and up to two inches in the mountains. With the recent Thomas Fire burning away most of the ground cover in the Fillmore, Ojai, Santa Paula and the Ventura foothills, the risk of flooding and mudslides is significant.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has prepared a short video at this link (https://local.nixle.com/alert/6341327/?sub_id=69178) to remind residents of the danger of flooding, swift water and mudslides. The name of the video is “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” (Link below). The Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents to stay away from fast moving water and to prepare in the affected areas. If anyone observes an emergency, please call 911 and DO NOT go in the water yourself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNv3IuMh6ek

For additional information on preparing, planning and disaster information, please visit the “Ready Ventura County” website.
http://www.readyventuracounty.org/

Rain In Ojai’s Forecast: Some Important Things to Consider

Recent weather forecasts show a possibility of rain in Ojai as soon as Monday, January 8, 2018. In anticipation of this rain, the City of Ojai would like to take this opportunity to provide some important information to residents:

  • The City is currently working to increase its resiliency to potential landslides. However, we encourage residents to prepare for the possibility of flash floods and landslides. Residents should consider the following before rainy season begins:

 

  • Assemble an emergency supply kit and stock up on needed items, food and medication
  • Register with VC Alert so you can receive emergency messages for your area
  • Create a list of items to take in case of evacuation
  • Clear debris from gutters, downspouts and drains so water can flow and drain properly
  • Have a supply of sandbags and other flood prevention materials, such as plastic sheeting, plywood and tarps; sandbags are typically available at Ventura County Fire Stations
  • Check your roof for leaks and damages
  • If you live in a flood prone area, consider making permanent changes to your home such as constructing retaining walls and raising your furnace and electrical panel above potential flood levels

 

  • The City has issued a flood insurance advisory. The City Manager, acting under his powers to remediate the effects of the local emergency declared on December 6, 2017 due to the significant wildfires in the Ojai Valley, advises that all Ojai residents immediately consider securing flood insurance that includes protection from losses caused by mud and debris-strewn water flows. As a result of the recent significant wildfire damage to the hills surrounding Ojai, when rain falls in the area this winter, there is a significant probability of mudflow and debris-strewn water flows from the burned hillsides down into the Valley and City. Residents can purchase flood insurance from the national flood insurance program through their preferred insurance carrier or agent. Flood insurance cannot directly be purchased from the state or federal government. The City cannot recommend any specific insurance carrier. Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program is available at: [http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program]. Please be advised that most policies have a 30-day waiting period. Please contact your insurance carrier as soon as possible.

 

  • The County of Ventura has prepared a webpage to help residents become “Rain Ready.” The page has information and useful links. The page can be found at http://venturacountyrecovers.org/category/rain-ready/.
  • The City’s air quality index is currently listed as “Good.” Ozone and particles are also currently listed as “Good.” Therefore, the City is preparing to lift the City’s emergency leafblower ban, and anticipates that this will be done sometime next week. Check the City’s site for updates.

 

Information meetings added for CalRecycle debris removal services, January 22 deadline for Right-of-Entry forms

VENTURA, Calif. – Additional informational meetings have been set for residents affected by the Thomas Fire who are seeking debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged/ or destroyed property. Fire victims are invited to attend whichever meeting is the most convenient as the information presented will be identical at each meeting.

 

The first meeting in Ventura will be held on Thursday, January 4 at 6pm, and the second Ventura meeting will be held on Saturday, January 6, at 11am. The meetings will take place at Ventura Baptist Church, 5415 Ralston Street, Ventura. Two additional meetings have been scheduled in Ojai on Saturday, January 6. A meeting in Santa Paula is also being scheduled.

 

Saturday, January 6, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Nordhoff High School – Cafeteria

1401 Maricopa Highway, Ojai

 

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 6, Summit Elementary School – Hartman Hall

12525 Ojai/Santa Paula Road, Ojai

 

During the meetings, residents will hear information from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) about the second phase of the debris removal. After the presentation, representatives from CalRecycle and CalOES will be available for breakout sessions with residents to answer individual questions.

 

During Phase II, teams from CalRecycle will remove the remaining debris (including building foundations) from properties with destroyed residential structures.

 

There is no cost to the property owner for this phase of the work, however residents will need to provide right-of-entry (ROE) forms, insurance information and other important paperwork to allow the clean up their property.

 

It is strongly suggested that residents sign up for this service as soon as possible and submit the property paperwork to facilitate the safe removal of the debris and ash by CalRecycle. The final deadline to submit the paperwork is January 22, 2018. Copies of the ROE and other forms are available at www.venturacountyrecovers.org and the informational meetings. CalRecycle anticipates opening an Operations Center at 290 Maple Court, Suite 120 in Ventura on Tuesday, January 9. Forms and information will be available there as well as the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center and Ventura City Hall.

Thomas Fire Services Centers

Thomas Fire Service Centers (American Red Cross) will be open at Ojai Public Library (111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai CA 93023), Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Red Cross caseworkers will be on hand to help with recovery plans, and in some cases, provide financial assistance for those who quality.

Please bring proof of address, and photo identification is preferred. Services offered include: health referrals, crisis counseling, casework support, and financial assistance for those who suffered destroyed or major damage to their properties.

Resource Available: Sustainable and Fire-Safe Landscapes

SAFE (Sustainable And Fire SafE) Landscapes provides guidelines for creating and maintaining fire-safe, environmentally friendly landscapes in the wildland-urban interface. The project is a collaboration between University of California Cooperative Extension – Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Ventura County Fire Department, the National Park Service, and numerous governmental, non-profit, and business organizations (listed on the inside back cover).

These groups have developed a guidebook, which is available to read at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/SAFELandscapes/files/79452.pdf

VC-Alert: Don’t be Caught Off Guard!

Ventura County has implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert residents about emergencies and other important community news. The emergency notification system enables officials to provide essential information quickly when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents.

http://www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert

Thomas Fire Updates, Week of 12/26/17

Just a reminder that several websites contain updated information regarding the Thomas Fire.

Readyventuracounty.org‘s most recent update shows that the Thomas Fire is currently at 281,620 Acres with 89% Containment

Air quality is listed as moderate on https://airnow.gov. However,readyventuracounty.org notes that air quality should be considered unhealthy in areas directly impacted by smoke, especially in the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas where air quality is extremely poor. For additional air quality information, visit vcapcd.org.

Post-Wildfire Storm Preparation

Wildfires dramatically alter the natural landscape by removing vegetation and exposing soil to wind and rain. These changes substantially increase the risk of flash floods and debris flows, even in areas not usually prone to these hazards.

Normally, grasses, shrubs and trees slow rainfall and improve soil absorption. Leaf litter further protects the soil from erosive rainfall. Wildfires burn vegetation and leaf litter to ash, leaving the soil exposed and less able to absorb rain. The result is increased runoff which can produce flash floods and debris or mudflows. Creeks and streams can be easily overwhelmed by these flows, as can streets and homes located below hillsides. The increased flood risk may last five years or more until the vegetation is restored

City Public Works is preparing for potential post-fire storms by cleaning debris basins and channels, with particular focus on the urban interface, that is where wildland hillside and other undeveloped properties drain into City storm drain facilities (culverts and channels, etc.).  The City has installed debris bollards and trash grates upstream of problem areas to help break up debris flows and assure drains flow freely, and City crews will monitor and clear drains throughout storms.  Please help the City keep culverts and channels clear by removing brush and debris that may get into and clog City drains – this is a primary cause of clogged drains and local flooding during storms.

 

The City is coordinating with other agencies (County Watershed Protection District, Ventura County Public Works, US Forest, CalFire, etc.) to coordinate potential support needed during floods, as well as preparing for potential debris flows resulting from flooding of burned areas.

 

Please see the Ventura County Recovers for more information at:  http://venturacountyrecovers.org/category/rain-ready/1

County of Ventura Leafblower Advisory

The County of Ventura has issued the below advisory strongly recommending NO USE OF LEAFBLOWERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. As a reminder, the City has temporarily prohibited the use of leafblowers within City limits.

Street Sweeping Update

The City of Ojai has had three successful days of street sweeping, using water trucks for dust control (ending yesterday, Wednesday 12/20/17). The City plans to do the same on Tuesday and Wednesday next week (12/26 and 12/27), focusing on streets that were not cleaned and continuing to focus on downtown areas, schools, and care facilities.

County hosts workshop focused on Tenant’s Rights

VENTURA, Calif. – On Wednesday, December 27, the County of Ventura, in partnership with the City of Ventura, is hosting an informational workshop to help renters understand their rights.  The workshop will provide information covering a wide variety of topics including: tenant rights and responsibilities; landlord rights and responsibilities; unexpected rent increases and price gouging; and affects to lease agreements if a housing unit was destroyed or is uninhabitable due to the Thomas Fire.

 

Several reports of price gouging, sudden eviction of existing tenants, landlord refusal to clean smoke and ash in units not directly damaged by the fire, and imposing illegal restrictions on new rentals have been received. This workshop will address these and other issues and provide an opportunity to ask questions from experts to help protect our residents from unscrupulous activity.

 

The workshop will be held Wednesday, December 27, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ventura County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Lower Plaza Assembly Room (LPAR), located at 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009.  The workshop is presented in partnership with the California Rural Legal Assistance, Jewish Family Services, CAUSE, the Housing Rights Center, and Many Mansions.

 

For questions, please contact Tracy McAulay, County of Ventura, at 805-662-6792. Additional information about fire recovery efforts can be found at www.VenturaCountyRecovers.org.

 

The County of Ventura has issued the below advisory strongly recommending NO USE OF LEAFBLOWERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. As a reminder, the City has temporarily prohibited the use of leafblowers within City limits.

Volunteer Opportunities

A website, www.volunteerventuracounty.org has been set up to match volunteers with volunteer opportunities. Visit the website for more information.

Important: Highway 150 Closure on 12/20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SCE crews will be closing Highway 150 between Ojai and Santa Paula, tomorrow (12/20) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The closure is part of our restoration efforts. The work being conducted will replace an H-frame transmission pole at the Dennison Grade.  We are currently working with Caltrans on a traffic control plan, which will include three message boards advising of the closure, at the 126 10th street off-ramp, the 101 Casitas Pass off-ramp, and the 101/33 interchange.  The local area Managers for Ojai and Santa Paula will be reaching out to the Cities and providing them with closure and work information. The work is being conducted during the day rather than during the evening for safety concerns.

Update on Small Fire Behind City Hall

On December 18, 2017, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a fire started in the barranca behind City Hall on City property. According to County Fire, the fire burned less than a half-acre of grass and trees. The fire did not threaten structures and it has been extinguished. The cause is under investigation, but it appears to be unrelated to the Thomas fire.

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STREET SWEEPING/ASH CLEAN UP UPDATE

The City will be testing out clean up methods to begin cleaning ash from City streets. The City plans to do the following:

Arcade/Plaza/downtown area/Parks: Public Works crews have been targeting debris/ash accumulation areas using gentle broom work to minimize dust generation. We are water pressure washing some areas, though being careful not to generate dust.

Streets:
We tested a street sweeper last Tuesday. However, the dust suppression was insufficient because a lot of dust was being generated. We called off street sweeping.

Water Truck: We are renting a water truck starting Monday – we will test a light water application on street side (primarily for gutter accumulations) and sidewalk areas. Our testing with water hoses indicates spraying water over dry dusty ash areas is the best approach – it breaks down and binds the ash with no/minimal dust if done right. If it works, we will spray higher use problem areas first (downtown, parking lots, parks, etc.) and continue to lower priority areas (other streets and sidewalks, trailheads, etc.). We are looking at non-potable water sources.

Streets weeping: A City vendor will bring their best quality street sweeper next Tuesday which will test a combination of the following to provide best ash cleanup with minimal dust generation:

2. Try street sweeper with maximum dust control/water spray on. We may need to tender water from rental truck to street sweeper to keep it moving without stopping too much for water. 
3. Try City rented water truck dust control ahead of street sweeper.

Important Information for Local Businesses Effected by the Thomas Fire

The Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County will have a satellite center open in Ojai, starting Monday, at 401 South Ventura Street, 8:00 to 5:00. They will have Small Business Development Center representatives at these sites on a rotating basis. EDC-VC is providing the following information to businesses effected by the fire:

What’s the Path Forward? 
• Most immediately, we’re advising impacted businesses to do four things:
1. For business technical assistance, including access to capital, contact our Small Business Development Center, 805-409-9159, alondra.gaytan@edcsbdc.org. We have professional, no cost business advising services immediately available. We will also be a point of contact for information and referral for other Small Business Administration and FEMA assistance for business as it becomes available. We’ve added a link to our website, http://edc-vc.com/, for direct client registration for services and links to other resources. We’ll be adding to this regularly as additional state and federal resources become available.
2. Business Insurance: If you’ve had any interruption in service or lost sales, immediately inform your insurance agent and determine whether you have any coverage. You may or may not be covered, but for accessing any future disaster assistance, it may be critical that you’ve made and exhausted any insurance claims.
3. Unemployment: If you—as a self-employed person—or any of your employees has lost work, immediately file or advise your workers to file for unemployment insurance. Be sure to indicate the first date of lost work and clearly state that the fire is the cause for the loss. See attached for information on how or where to file for unemployment insurance.
4. Register for information at http://venturacountyrecovers.org/. Also, for access to a comprehensive set of services and information, we recommend you check in at the Local Assistance Center, in Ventura at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sunday, 9:00 to 4:00.

EMERGENCY TEMPORARY CHILDCARE SERVICE EXTENDED: DECEMBER 18TH-20TH!

The Ojai Recreation Department is offering childcare service Monday, December 18th, Tuesday, December 19th, and Wednesday, December 20th in light of the Thomas Fire school closures.

Hours: 8 am-5:30 pm
Fee: $20 per day per child
Ages: 5-13 years
Location: The Boyd Center at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Road.

All fun activities will be held inside and air filter masks will be provided for free. Parents must come inside and sign waivers before children can attend, no drop offs.

Online registration available:

Monday:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/…/camp-daily-12-18-17/8838

Tuesday:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/…/camp-daily-12-19-17/8839

Wednesday:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/…/camp-daily-12-20-17/8840

For more information, call 805-646-5581 ex 390

TEMPORARY LEAF BLOWER BAN TO CONTINUE THROUGH DECEMBER 24 –

On December 11, 2017, the City announced that leaf blowers have been temporarily prohibited due to poor air quality and the risk of spreading more ash, smoke and particulates into the air. The City stated that the ban would be in effect until at least December 17, 2017. However, because the air quality has not yet improved, THE CITY WILL BE EXTENDING THE BAN FOR AN ADDITIONAL WEEK, THROUGH DECEMBER 24, 2017. Contact the City at (805) 646-5581, if you spot leaf blower use during this period. Police staff have also been notified of the ban.
The City is currently working on a plan to begin street sweeping. In the meantime, Ojai Public Works staff has been sweeping and pressure washing areas as needed.

TEMPORAL PROHIBICIÓN DE SOPLADORES DE HOJAS CONTINUAR A 24 DE DICIEMBRE

El 11 de diciembre de 2017, la Ciudad anunció que los sopladores de hojas se han prohibido temporalmente debido a la mala calidad del aire y el riesgo de propagación más ceniza, humo y partículas en el aire. La ciudad declaró que la prohibición sería, en efecto, al menos hasta el 17 de diciembre de 2017. Sin embargo, debido a que la calidad del aire no ha mejorado, la ciudad va extender la prohibición durante una semana adicional, A 24 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2017. Llame la Ciudad a (805) 646-5581, si ve uso de sopladores de hojas durante este período. La policía también han sido notificados de la prohibición.
La Ciudad está trabajando actualmente en un plan para comenzar el barrido de calles. Mientras tanto, el personal de Ojai Obras Públicas han tabajado en lavando a presion y barriendo áreas de la cuidad como es necesario.

County of Ventura to Open Fire Recovery Information Center in Ojai

December 14, 2017 VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura will open an information center in Ojai next week to assist the residents of Ojai and the surrounding area who have been affected by the Thomas fire.

The center will be in a trailer parked adjacent to Ojai City Hall at 401 S. Ventura Street in Ojai.

The center will open Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 and operate through Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. It will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The center will provide:

  • Debris removal and permitting information from the Resource Management Agency.
  • Applications for public assistance and housing/rental assistance from the Human Services Agency.
  • Health education, resources and counseling from Public Health and Behavioral Health.

Additional County services may be added later, and days may be extended if demand warrants.

 

Condado de Ventura abrea un nuevo centro de información de recuperación de fuego en Ojai

14 de diciembre de, 2017 VENTURA, California – El Condado de Ventura se abrirá un centro de información en Ojai la próxima semana para ayudar a los residentes de Ojai y sus alrededores que han sido afectados por el fuego Thomas..

El centro estará en un remolque aparcado junto a Ojai City Hall Ayuntamiento en 401 S. Ventura Street en Ojai.

El centro abre lunes, 18 de diciembre de 2017 y operar a viernes, 22 de diciembre de 2017. Será abierta de 8:00 am a 5:00 pm

El centro ofrecerá:

La remoción de escombros y la información de permisos a la Agencia de Gestión de Recursos.

Las aplicaciónes de asistencia pública y asistencia para la vivienda / alquiler de la Agencia de Servicios Humanos.

educación para la salud, los recursos y consejeria de Salud Pública y Salud Conductual.

servicios del Condado se puedan extenderse más tarde, y mas días si la demanda lo justifica

 

 

Emergency Temporary Childcare Service

The Ojai Recreation Department is offering childcare service Thursday, December 14th and Friday, December 15th in light of the Thomas Fire school closures.

Hours: 8 am-5:30 pm
Fee: $20 per day per child
Ages: 5-13 years
Location: The Boyd Center at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Road.

All fun activities will be held inside and air filter masks will be provided for free. Parents must come inside and sign wavers before children can attend, no drop offs.

Online registration available:
Thursday:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/…/camp-daily-12-14-17/8836

Friday:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/…/camp-daily-12-15-17/8837

For more information, call 805-646-5581 ex 390


Guide to Returning Home After A Wildfire

Calfire and PG&E have put together a guide for returning home after a  wildfire. The guide can be found at this link: http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/PGE_ReturningHomeAfterAfterAFire_print.pdf


One-Stop Thomas Fire Recovery Service Center to Open Wednesday December 13, 2017 at Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura

A one-stop recovery assistance center for victims of the Thomas Fire will open Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura. The address is 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93003.

The Local Assistance Center will be open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center will remain open through December 31, or earlier, as needed.

The center will have representatives on hand from all agencies that fire victims would need assistance from. They will be able to address all recovery needs, from housing, health, employment, contractor information, hazardous waste removal to even clothing and replacing identification documents.

Agencies on hand will be able to assist with both immediate disaster-related needs such as housing, health, clothing, etc. as well as ongoing, longer-term needs, as people rebuild their homes and lives.

A partial list of state agencies represented includes the following:

  • Office of Emergency Services
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Public Health
  • Contractors’ State License Board
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Employment Development Department
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • Housing and Community Development

Local charities will also participate, including the Red Cross, The United Way, the Salvation Army and others.

Because people affected by a disaster are often traumatized and not at their normal peak focus, each person or family visiting the center will be met by a trained helper who will sit with them, discuss their situation, and develop a checklist of everything they will need to do. These helpers will then stay with each person or family during their visit, to guide them to each agency representative they need to meet with, to ensure they address each item on their list.

IMPORTANT NOTE

While the City of Ojai seeks to provide as much recovery information as possible to City residents, this site should not be considered residents’ definitive recovery information source. The County of Ventura website Ventura County Recovers should be all residents’ primary source of Thomas Fire recovery information. Ventura County Recovers is updated continually with the latest information.

Please bookmark Ventura County Recovers and check it frequently for new information.

 

Ventura County Recovers: VenturaCountyRecovers.org


County Launches Recovery Website for Fire Victims

County launches recovery website for fire victims

 

VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura has launched a website dedicated to helping victims of the Thomas Fire in their recovery. The website is called Ventura County Recovers (www.VenturaCountyRecovers.org) and it is a comprehensive source of information for all matters relating to fire recovery.

 

The site includes information on debris removal, rebuilding, permits, property re-assessment, hazardous materials, health issues and much more.

 

“Time and again we have seen how resilient, strong and resourceful the residents of Ventura County are,” said County Executive Officer Mike Powers. “Working together, County and City governments will help our residents recover from this disaster, and this website will be an important tool for getting information into the hands of the people who need it.

 

Because there are differences between some County and City ordinances and policies, the site will have direct links to city websites to make Ventura County Recovers a one-stop destination for people looking for answers.

 

“The site will be updated regularly,” said Chief Information Officer Mike Pettit. “We want to be sure we always have the most recent information available. Recovery from this sort of disaster is a long process, and the site will evolve as the recovery moves through its various phases.”

 

To aid in the recovery, the County is also working on plans to re-assess properties damaged by the fire, streamline the permitting process, increase public health activities, and activate a robust debris removal plan.

 

“The County is working very closely with city leaders in Ventura, Ojai, and Santa Paula, and community leaders in many of the unincorporated areas to create a unified response to the recovery,” said Powers. “Our first responders, and first responders from across the state did amazing work as this disaster unfolded. Now, it’s time for us to step in and continue that great work in the recovery process.”

 

Ventura County Recovers: www.VenturaCountyRecovers.org


Useful Air Quality Link (AirNow)

Useful Air Quality Link (AirNow) – 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, tribal, state, and local agencies developed the AirNow system to provide the public with easy access to national air quality information. State and local agencies report the air quality index (AQI) for cities across the US and parts of Canada and Mexico.

Airnow is available at: https://www.airnow.gov/


All Leaf Blower’s Temporarily Prohibited Due to Poor Air Quality

Leaf blowers have been temporarily prohibited, through Sunday December 17, 2017 due to poor air quality and the risk of spreading more ash, smoke and particulates into the air.

 

Section 3-1.06(b)(1) states that, “In the event of the proclamation of a “local emergency”, as provided in this section, the proclamation of a “state of emergency,” the Director of Emergency Services is hereby empowered: To make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property as affected by such emergency; provided, however, such rules and regulations shall be confirmed at the earliest practicable time by the City Council.”


Flood Insurance Advisory

The City Manager, acting under his powers to remediate the effects of the local emergency declared on December 6, 2017 due to the significant wildfires in the Ojai Valley, advises that all Ojai residents immediately consider securing flood insurance that includes protection from losses caused by mud and debris-strewn water flows. As a result of the recent significant wildfire damage to the hills surrounding Ojai, when rain falls in the area this winter, there is a significant probability of mudflow and debris-strewn water flows from the burned hillsides down into the Valley and City. Residents can purchase flood insurance from the national flood insurance program through their preferred insurance carrier or agent. Flood insurance cannot directly be purchased from the state or federal government. The City cannot recommend any specific insurance carrier. Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program is available at: [http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program].

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