Tips: Ready for Rain

Tips: Ready for Rain; Thomas Fire Burn Areas
Image Source: National Weather Service (NWS) Oxnard/Los Angeles

People living near Thomas Fire burn areas urged to prepare.

Heavy rains are predicted Monday evening and Tuesday morning in Ventura County. In anticipation of the forecasted storm, Ventura County public safety agencies are encouraging people to prepare.

Before Monday, 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:

Take Action:

  • 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 sure extra supplies are on hand at home, including: a 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. 

Get Local Assistance:

  • Need additional 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.
  • Learn how to use sandbags to divert water and redirect debris away from properties.
  • 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.

Pay Attention During the Rain

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Source: Ventura County Fire Department article from January 6, 2018