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  • 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.


    Materials Exchange Website Launched

    The purpose of this online resource is to facilitate the sharing of materials while limiting the debris going into landfills. The website allows homeowners and contractors to connect directly with Montecito residents who have materials on their property that need to be removed.

    View the website here: sbcountymaterialexchange.com


    Updated as of 2/20/2018.

    Disaster Recovery Resources


  • Disaster Loan Resources

    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. The SBDC Disaster Recovery Guide has detailed information on how to receive the support you need.

    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:

    1. Online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
    2. In-person at designated locations -visit the website or call 800-659-2955 to find a location
      • Ventura Location: Ventura County Credit Union, 6026 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93003
        • Open Monday-Wednesday 9AM - 4PM; Thursday - Friday 9AM - 5PM, Saturday 9AM - 1PM. Closed Sunday
    3. Apply by mail - send completed paper applications to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing & Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX, 76155.


    Disaster Recovery Center Open

    People who have damaged or destroyed homes as a result of the Thomas Fire or Flood can get consultation information about disaster recovery. The center is filling in after the closure of the Santa Barbara LRAC. The Disaster Recovery Center is located at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara 93103

    • Open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9AM - 6PM. Wednesday & Saturday, 9AM - 3PM. Closed on Sunday


    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 jmarks@wevonline.org or (805) 232-3087 for more information. For detail on applying, review the WEV Quick Loans Program document.


    Agricultural Assistance Resources and Survey

    To facilitate recovery efforts the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner's Office is sharing resources and requesting that agricultural growers report their agricultural losses so that other local, state, and federal agencies can provide services and secure additional funding.  If you were affected by the Thomas Fire or the January Storm Incident, please download an Agricultural Disaster Loss Survey Form from our webpage  Agricultural Disaster Assistance and email it to thomasfire@agcommissioner.com or fax it to (805)681-5603.  You can also obtain and return the survey to one of our two local offices in Santa Barbara or Carpinteria.  We are tracking the damage from each event separately so please complete one survey for the fire and another for the storm.  All information provided is confidential.


    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that a temporary satellite office will be opened in Santa Paula to further assist growers impacted by the Thomas Fire and mudslides. Growers are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 805.933.2926, or to visit the satellite office during the hours listed below. The temporary satellite office will be located at the Ventura County Ag Commissioner’s Office, 815 East Santa Barbara Street, Santa Paula, CA, 93060. Click here for more information.

    A USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) representative, Richard Casele, is working with South County landowners to provide conservation and erosion control technical assistance. He will be available until the critical need is met.  Please contact Rich at 831-359-1297 to set up an appointment and visit the NRCS website to learn more about their technical assistance program.


    We are staffing the Santa Barbara Agricultural Commissioner’s Carpinteria Office on a regular basis to serve the agricultural community during this critical time. The office is located at 941 Walnut Avenue near the Veteran’s Memorial Building.  The Santa Barbara Ag Commissioner’s Office, located at 263 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, is fully staffed and hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  For permits, please contact us at 805.681.5600 to schedule an appointment.


  • Upcoming Events

  • Service Updates for Santa Barbara County 

    As of 2/20/2018


    Transportation Updates

    HWY 101 - 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.

    AMTRAK - To book travel and receive service updates, visit www.pacificsurfliner.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).


    Utility Updates

    Southern California Edison (SCE) - Stay up to date on the SCE interactive map available here

    Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) - Customers can track the progress of SoCalGas' restoration efforts at www.socalgas.com/montecito

    COX Services - For most up-to-date information, visit their website.

  • Looking for a way to help?

    #CarpStrong Food Drive - Carpinteria Children's Project & the Carpinteria Food Pantry are collecting non-perishable foods to help local families in need. For more information, visit the Food Pantry Facebook Page or contact Maria Gonzalez, the Children's Project Family Resource Center Program Director, at 805-566-1619 or mgonzalez@carpchildren.org

    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:

    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.