Thomas Fire Resources
If you or someone you know has been affected by the Thomas Fire, visit this link for assistance resources. For updates on the Fire and Recovery efforts, visit the County of Santa Barbara, the City of Carpinteria, or Ready Ventura County.
Disaster Recovery Resources
Business & Residential Disaster Loans
Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program - If you lost your job or had work hours substantially reduced as a result of the Thomas Fire or recent mudslides, you can now apply for unemployment benefits. Deadline to apply for benefits is June 3, 2018.
SBA Disaster Assistance - Offering federal disaster loans to businesses, organizations, and individuals at low interest rates. SBA is offering 3 types of loans:
- Business Physical Disaster Loans - Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc. are also eligible.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) - Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
- Home Disaster Loans - Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster damaged real-estate and personal property, including automobiles.
The first step is to register with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov. After registering with FEMA, there are Three Ways to apply for a loan with SBA:
- Online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
- In-person at designated locations - visit the website or call 800-659-2955 to find a location
- Apply by mail - send completed paper applications to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing & Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX, 76155.
WEV Quick Response Loans - Women's Economic Ventures is offering Quick Response Loans to businesses impacted by reduced sales or lost inventory due to the Thomas Fire, up to $10,000. Contact WEV loan officers Liseth Gonzalez or Jamie Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 232-3087 for more information. For detail on applying, review the WEV Quick Loans Program document.
Dealing with Disaster Distress - Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is offering counseling services to anyone struggling with the recent disasters. Their support guide has valuable information on how to cope with disaster distress
Representative Carbajal's Office - Fire & Storm Recovery Guide
Emergency Updates for Carpinteria and Santa Barbara County
As of 1/12/2018
Public Information Kiosks are established at Casitas Plaza & City Hall with critical information.
AMTRAK - The Pacific Surfliner has resumed train service between Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties. Demand for train transportation is high, so expect busy trains and delays as the train travels through the affected areas. To book travel and receive service updates, visit www.pacificsurfliner.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
Hwy 101 is open from Carpinteria to Ventura (north & south bound). NO ACCESS TO SANTA BARBARA – FREEWAY IS CLOSED AT CARPINTERIA. For traffic updates in Santa Barbara County, motorists may call CalTrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805.549.3318 or visit their website. Real-time information on road closures, incidents, and more at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.
Santa Barbara MTD local shuttle service is on-going, with reduced service. Visit MTD twitter for recent updates https://twitter.com/santabarbaramtd?lang=en
Santa Barbara Airbus is offering a modified shuttle service between LAX and Santa Barbara.
The Condor Express and Island Packers are offering ferry shuttle services for the duration of the road closure. For available shuttle times between Ventura Harbor and Santa Barbara Harbor, visit the Condor Express or Island Packers websites.
The recent severe storms and mudslides have damaged some of COX equipment, causing outages for some of our customers. Due to road closures, evacuations, and emergency recovery efforts, we have had limited access to impacted areas to make repairs. We do not have an expected repair date at this time.
The Chamber has access to Internet and phone again as of this afternoon. COX is working on temporary solutions to restore service to the region, though the completion of permanent repairs is as of yet undefined.
Water Quality Updates
Carpinteria Valley Water District – our water system & supply has not been affected by the storm. Water supplied to City of Carpinteria including Gobernador Canyon and Shepard Mesa is SAFE for drinking, cooking, bathing, and laundry.
Montecito & Summerland – BOIL WATER BEFORE DRINKING OR COOKING until further notice. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute and let cool before using, or use bottled water. Visit Montecito Water District Website for most u
Santa Barbara County Beach Ocean Waters CLOSED due to high levels of bacteria and contaminants in the water. DO NOT ENTER THE OCEAN WATER or let pets enter ocean water.
Assistance & Shelter Resources
Sand Bags Available at Carpinteria City Hall Monday-Thursday, 7:30AM-4PM, Friday to 3PM. Call 805.755.4443 for assistance.
Public Assistance Center – 833.688.5551. Call 211 or text 805.699.0165
Red Cross Evacuation Center - Santa Barbara City College Gymnasium – 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara. 805.687.0766. Park in Lot 1B, East Campus. Small animals welcome.
Animal Shelters for Evacuees
Please Call First If Possible
For assistance with large and small animals, please call (805) 681-4332
Large Animal Shelter - Earl Warren Showgrounds
Small Animal Shelter - Santa Barbara Humane Society - (805) 964-4777
5399 Overpass Road
San Roque Pet Hospital is offering free pet boarding - (805) 682 2647
Interactive Flood/Debris Flow Risk Area Map Now Available
The intensity of the Thomas Fire left our mountains with little or no vegetation to prevent the slopes from sliding. With the immediate approach of winter storms, the threat of flash floods and debris flows is now 10 times greater in your community than before the fire – they can happen with little or no warning. Officials may only be able to alert the public with just a few minutes notice, or none at all. It is imperative that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are prepared. Do not delay in taking action to protect you, your family and your property. To determine if your property is in the impact area, please refer to this interactive map . For residents who do not have access to the Internet, call 211 or (800) 400-1572.
Looking for a way to help?
United Way of Santa Barbara County has joined forces with United Way of Ventura County to directly support those individuals and families affected by the Thomas Fire.
Nonperishable food, new clothing, toiletries and monetary donations are being accepted at the agencies listed below. Used clothing, bedding and toys are not being accepted.
United Way of Santa Barbara County: Monetary donations are accepted at www.unitedwaythomasfirefund.org or text “UWVC” to 41444.
American Red Cross: Monetary donations are accepted at www.redcross.org or by texting “redcross” to 90999.
Foodbank Santa Barbara County: Nonperishable foods and fresh produce are accepted at:
- 4554 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
- 1525 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
- 490 W. Foster Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455
Salvation Army: Unopened and canned food and monetary donations are accepted at423 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Unity Shoppe: New clothing, shoes, blankets, toiletries and monetary donations are accepted at 1401 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
The United Way has assured that 100% of proceeds to the Thomas Fire Fund go directly to a strategic partnership that will be vital in helping the community recover. Recipients include the residents of the homes and apartment buildings that are destroyed by the fire and the people who are being temporarily housed at local shelters.
It's not over yet. We recommend that you take the following actions now:
1. Sign up for emergency alerts at www.awareandprepare.org.
2. Monitor weather reports and consider your safety risk when a weather advisory is issued.
3. Be prepared to leave before roads, creeks and waterways are flowing, or go to a neighbor on high ground or shelter in-place.
4. Know all your local access roads and understand that some may be blocked by debris. Have an alternate plan or route. Mudslides can occur even days after a storm when the ground is saturated.
5. NEVER drive or walk into floodwaters or go around barricades. It is impossible to know how deep the water is just by looking at it.
6. Consider installing sandbags, straw wattles (rolled erosion control netting filled with straw), and other methods to divert water and reduce erosion on your property. Santa Barbara County Public Works offers sandbags.
For locations and information, call County Flood Control at (805) 568-3440 or go to www.countyofsb.org/pwd/
7. Refer to the Homeowner Guide to Flood Prevention and Response
8. Flood Insurance: Most homeowners insurance does not cover floods from natural disasters. Make sure your home is protected.
9. Have an Emergency Plan and a Disaster Kit ready to go.