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Ventura County residents are encouraged to plan and prepare their properties for possible flooding before it occurs. With rain storms predicted this season, VCFD is making an emergency supply of sand bags available to the public and sharing important safety tips.


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Sand and bags

  • Free supplies are available to homeowners in the recent burn areas, including Fire Stations 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 52, 53, 54, 56, and 57. Click here for VCFD fire station locations.
  • Please call ahead to your local VCFD fire station at (805) 371-1111 for availability.
  • Residents should be prepared to fill and transport sandbags as fire station personnel may or may not be available to assist due to other emergency activities.
  • Sand and bags can also be purchased from local DIY stores.

 

 Before the rain

  • Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation guide or visit www.VCReadySetGo.org
  • Register your phone to receive “VC Alert” by contacting VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283. 
  • Prepare, plan and stay informed with Ventura County, visit www.ReadyVenturaCounty.org
  • Monitor weather forecasts for potential impacts in your area.
  • Identify access route(s) in and out of your neighborhood.
  • Keep emergency supplies on hand, such as a flashlight, water, food, first aid kit and a portable radio with extra batteries.

 

Property preparation

  • Clear debris from curbside gutters and drains in yards, driveways and pool decks, and inspect roofs to check for loose tiles, holes, or other signs of trouble.
  • Research flood insurance plans and coverage needs.
  • Clear and place sandbags in problem areas if an area has been affected by wildfire or if there have been past flooding problems.
  • Inspect storm drains before and after heavy rainfall. If blocked, contact your City Public Works Department or Ventura County Public Works at (805) 654-2001.

 

During the rain

  • Use extreme caution when crossing roads or areas of flowing water. Flowing water can be dangerous and deceivingly deep.
  • Keep away from flood control debris basins, channels, facilities and river beds.
  • Check www.vcemergency.com for incident information about road closures, evacuations and any areas impacted by the storm.
 

Recovery for Fire Victims

Recovery for Fire Victims

For information on recovery and assistance services for victims of the Hill and Woolsey Fires, visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org. This is an official page for the County of Ventura and the cities and unincorporated areas affected by the fires. Ventura County Recovers is intended to guide residents through the recovery process, regardless of the size of their loss.

Emergency Information, Fire Damage Assessment Map and Recovery Information

Evacuation and Alert Notices

1. Sign up for real-time emergency information regarding wildfires and up-to-date evacuation information by registering on www.vcemergency.com

2. Register with VCAlerts for up to date emergency information www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert/

 

Fire Damage Assessment Map

1. Find your neighborhood and zoom down to see which homes have been damaged or destroyed in the fires

https://vcoes.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=314c21c659d54ec485bf211ea07b08e1

*Field damage inspection is still ongoing and subject to change. The points shown on this map are being updated regularly as crews are able to safely access new areas. Data is subject to change as information is gathered, analyzed and verified.

 

Recovery Information

1. For recovery information and recovery alerts visit: www.venturacountyrecovers.org/

This is an official page for the County of Ventura and the cities and unincorporated areas affected by the fires. Ventura County Recovers is intended to guide residents through the recovery process, regardless of the size of their loss.

Spark of Love Toy Drive

ABC7 Spark of Love
Ventura County Fire has teamed up with ABC 7 and Southern California firefighters to support the 26th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Now through Christmas Eve, bring a new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment to any VCFD fire station to be donated to local children and teens.

In the last two and a half decades, Spark of Love has successfully collected more than nine and a half million toys for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.

Starting in 2016, the Southern California Spark of Love toy drive partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. This nationwide program has been collecting and distributing toys since 1947.

The Ventura County Fire Department will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for deserving families within our community. The Spark of Love Toy Drive will run from November 17 to December 24, 2018. Collection sites will include all Ventura County Fire Stations, Fire Headquarters, and some local businesses. All toy donations are distributed locally by Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County.

How to Donate:
  • Drop off new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment at any local fire station.
  • Donate to Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County via check or online donation at www.csavc.org/donate.html. All proceeds will go towards buying toys or sports equipment for local children. Those wishing to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to CSA, tax-exempt #77-0054936.
  • Local businesses can request a Spark of Love collection box for their location or event. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to coordinate.

 

Spark of Love ‘Day of Giving’ Collection Event Ventura County Fire Department will be collecting toys for the Spark of Love toy drive at the Walmart on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00am-4:00pm, located at 255 Cochran Street, in Simi Valley. Ventura City Fire and Oxnard City Fire will also host kick-off events at their local Walmart Stores on the same day.    

About the Spark of Love Toy Drive The CSA Holiday Toy Store is created in a donated storefront during the month of December. Foster parents, guardians, birth parents, group homes and disadvantaged families in the community are provided an opportunity to shop for the children free of charge. Invitations, or "vouchers" to shop are distributed through organizations listed on the website. Please visit the Children’s Services Auxiliary website at www.csavc.org/toystorerequest.html for a list of organizations that we partner with to distribute the toys. If you do not belong to an organization or group listed and you would like to shop, please fill out the Toy Store Request form on the website.To learn more about Spark of Love, visit abc7.com/sparkoflove

Toy Requests

The Spark of Love is a partnership between ABC7 and fire departments across southern California.  Over the past years, the Spark of Love Toy Drive has successfully collected more than ten million toys for underserved children and teens. The “Spark of Love Toy Drive” takes place in November and December every year. With love and support of donors and sponsors, kids across Southern California receive a new toy each holiday season.

For Displaced Woolsey & Hill Fire Families:

Ventura County Behavioral Health will issue vouchers to families affected by the Woolsey & Hill Fires. If you, or anyone you know are in need of assistance and have toy requests, please call Mary, Heather or Angela at (805) 981-8460.

Media Contact: Captain Stan Zeigler (805) 389-9736.