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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 Sandbags

    • Free supplies are available to homeowners in the recent burn areas at local VCFD fire station. Click here for VCFD fire station locations that have sand and sandbags.
    • 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 sandbags can also be purchased from local DIY stores


    Before the rain

    • Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation guide or visit
    • 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
    • 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 for incident information about road closures, evacuations and any areas impacted by the storm.



    Yerba Buena Rd. & Vedder Rd.

    Westlake Blvd. & Carlyle Cyn.

    Circle X Ranch off Yerba Buena Rd.



    La Granada Dr. & Crown View Ct.

    Erbes Rd. & Avenida De Las Flores


    Bell Canyon


    Bell Canyon Blvd. just passed the main gate in the bus stop


    Simi Valley


    Wood Ranch Pkwy. & Long Canyon Rd. in the trail head parking lot

  • Tips: Ready for rain

    Tips: Ready for rain

    In anticipation of the forecasted rainy weather, Ventura County public safety agencies are encouraging people to prepare. 

    Residents living in, and around Thomas Fire burn areas or near flood-prone areas, need to prepare for this storm as well as the rest of the rainy season. Plan ahead by signing up to receive mobile emergency text alerts at and taking the following additional steps:


    • Sign-up to receive “VC Alert” mobile messages by contacting VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 or visiting Subscribers will receive emergency notifications such as evacuation notices specific to their neighborhood.
    • Make a supply kit for your home and car - flashlight, water, food, personal medical supplies, filled prescriptions and a charged smartphone with internet access in case local roads are temporarily closed.
    • Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation plan and follow its guidance. For information in Español, click here.



    • Sandbags - Stop by a local fire station or call 805-371-1111 to check supplies. Please be prepared to fill and transport sandbags. Supplies can also be purchased at local hardware stores.
    • VIDEO Tutorial - Learn how to use sandbags to divert water and redirect debris away from properties.
    • Home Preparedness: If you see a nearby storm drain that is blocked, contact your local city public works department or Ventura County Public Works at (805) 654-2001.



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