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For fire or mudslide information, including post-storm cleanup, counseling resources, and more:
- Call 2-1-1
- Text your zip code (ex: “93101”) to 898-211
- Visit the Santa Barbara County Winter Storm Info or Thomas Fire Info Page
Evacuation/Structure Damage Maps: View the updated Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuation areas and Public Safety Exclusion Zone here. View the interactive web map for property owners to access damage assessment data here.
Emergency Alert System: It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up at www.AwareAndPrepare.org.
Free FEMA and Wildfire Disaster Legal Clinic
One Justice is partnering with Pepperdine University and the County of Santa Barbara to provide a Free FEMA Applications/Appeals and Wildfire Disaster Relief Legal Clinic. Clinic participants will meet one-on-one with volunteers free of charge. Event will take place on Fri, Feb 16 from 12-4pm at Santa Barbara Veterans’ Memorial Building, 112 W Cabrillo Blvd. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. For more information and to make an appointment, please call 213-784-3937.
Residential Gas Service
For issues or questions regarding residential gas, visit Southern California Gas at www.socalgas.com/newsroom/montecito or call 800-427-2200.
To report a power outage or for more information, visit Southern California Edison at www.sce.com or call 800-250-7339.
The boil water notice is longer in effect for Montecito Water District customers as of Feb 1.
- Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is offering free support counseling for those who have suffered a loss. Call 805-308-9602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Licensed therapists are also available through 805counselorconnect.com for anyone experiencing trauma as a result of the storm. Call Sun-Thu from 4-8pm at 805-979-9091.
- Family Service Agency has set up Compassion Centers at Cleveland, Cold Springs, and Santa Barbara High School and Junior High. For more information about counseling for your child, contact your school administration or call FSA at 805-965-1001 or visit fsacares.org.
Make a Donation/Help
American Red Cross
Go online to Red Cross Disaster Relief to donate or register to help. Monetary donations can also be made by texting “redcross” to 90999.
United Way of Ventura County
Go online to United Way’s Thomas Fire and Flood Fund or text “UWVC” to 41444.
Santa Barbara Foundation
The Santa Barbara Foundation has set up a Community Disaster Relief Fund to support organizations currently assisting those affected. Donate here.
805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who have been economically impacted by the Thomas Fire and the mudslides in its aftermath and are excluded from many relief programs such as FEMA assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Donate here.
Mud Cleanup Safety & Protection Guidelines
To protect residents from exposure to raw sewage and other chemicals that may be present in the mud, the Public Health Department offers the following guidance:
1. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, rubber boots and nitrile gloves. If there is potential for exposure to wet mud and boots do not offer enough protection, a water-repellent coverall should be worn. If there is potential for eye exposure, then goggles should be worn.
2. Remove excess mud from footgear before entering a vehicle or a building.
3. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after contact with mud.
4. Avoid touching face, mouth, eyes, nose, genitalia, or open sores and cuts while working.
5. Wash hands before you eat, drink, or smoke and before and after using the bathroom.
6. Eat in designated areas away from mud-handling activities.
7. Do not smoke or chew tobacco or gum while working with mud.
8. Keep wounds covered with clean, dry bandages.
9. Thoroughly but gently flush eyes with water if mud comes in contact with eyes.
10. Change into clean work clothing on a daily basis. Keep footgear for use at worksite only.
11. Do not wear work clothes home or outside the work environment.
12. Use gloves to prevent skin abrasions.
13. Hand-washing stations with clean water and mild soap should be readily available. In the case of workers in the field, portable sanitation equipment, including clean water and soap, should be provided.
14. Where the mud has dried out and is now creating dust, workers who may be exposed to dust should be given, at a minimum, N95 particulate filtering face piece respirators.