Resource List of Services Available & How You Can Help Out & Donate
Santa Barbara hotels are offering special rates to flood victims and evacuees:
The list below displays most of them. Belmond El Encanto is also offering rooms at half price to evacuees.
At least two companies decided to offer ferry service starting Wednesday:
Island Packers and the Condor Express will have daily shuttles between the Ventura Harbor and the Santa Barbara Harbor during the Highway 101 closure.
All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church is being used as a triage center for people with injuries due to the inability of ambulances to access other areas. If you are unable to get out of central Montecito, AMR paramedics are on site and able to provide medical attention. There is a helicopter staging area able to take anyone injured for treatment. There is shelter/restrooms/care. Please make your way SAFELY to the church campus located at 83 Eucalyptus Lane (on the ocean side of San Ysidro).
Boil Water Advisory issued for Montecito, Summerland following storm
MONTECITO, Calif. – A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for the communities of Montecito and Summerland following a devastating storm early Tuesday morning.
The State Water Resources Control Board, along with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Montecito Water District, are telling residents not to drink tap water before bringing it to a boil. Failure to follow the advisory may result in stomach or intestinal illness, officials say.
Boil your water for one minute and let it cool before using:
· An alternative method of disinfection for residents that are not able to boil their water is to use fresh, unscented, liquid household bleach. To do so, add 8 drops (or 1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water, mix thoroughly, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before using. A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from this disinfection procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
· Water disinfection tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Use bottled water if you don’t want to boil your tap water. Boiled or tap water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Additionally, don’t forget to share that boiled or bottled water with your pet.
Santa Barbara County Public Works Department has a running list of active road closures here:
American Red Cross has an evacuation center at Santa Barbara City College. The shelter moved from the campus’ cafeteria to the gymnasium. Address: 721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Red Cross Responds to California Mudslides
Santa Barbara County opened a Family Assistance Center Tuesday for people to get help finding friends or family who may have been impacted by the storm. The center at First Presbyterian Church, at 21 E. Constance St., was scheduled to be open until 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The county has an information line for people to get storm updates, request transportation assistance and talk to a counselor, at 805.681.5542, or by calling 2-1-1.
Residents are encouraged to sign up for alerts from the Aware & Prepare program, and to heed all evacuation orders and warnings.
Santa Barbara County mandatory or voluntary evacuation areas
Click here for Santa Barbara County’s interactive map of possible flooding areas
Click here for the latest weather forecast
Click here for real-time rainfall amounts
Click here for road closures in Santa Barbara County
Smaller weather-related outages were also reported in Summerland and Carpinteria areas, according to the Edison Outage Map:
Highway 101 remains closed between Seacliff to the south and the Milpas Street exit to the north. The CHP estimates the closure to last until Monday, perhaps longer. Caltrans has dispatched five front-loading dozers and more than 20 container trucks from San Luis Obispo to clear the way. Earlier efforts were slowed by a broken water main along Olive Mill Road that flooded the freeway already covered by sludge and debris.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
Call, click or text to give: call 1-800 RED CROSS, visit redcross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
UNITED WAY OF VENTURA and UNITED WAY OF SANTA BARBARA
Donations can be made by texting UWVC to 41444, online at www.vcunitedway.org or calling 805-485-6288. Checks may be sent to the United Way office at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003.
To donate, go to www.salvationarmysocal.org or call 1 800 SAL ARMY today.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF VENTURA COUNTY
The Humane Society of Ventura County is in desperate need of donations as volunteers continue to house hundreds of animals displaced by the Thomas Fire. The humane society’s Ojai office is in most need as more and more animals come in with nowhere else to go. Cooper says many people have offered to volunteer their time and help out at the station. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the shelter’s volunteer coordinator via email at email@example.com.
For information about making a monetary donation, click here.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FOODBANK
Those wishing to contribute via this link or visit foodbanksbc.org, click “Donate”.
The Unity Shoppe is accepting new toys, food, and funds to purchase needed items, at wholesale prices so clients can shop for their needs when they are ready. For more information, visit http://www.unityshoppe.org/.
Storm Evacuation Centers
An evacuation center is open for people affected by this week’s storm. Information released by Santa Barbara and Ventura County officials is as follows:
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Evacuation Center at Santa Barbara City College Campus Center Cafeteria. 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara. Park in Lot 1B, East Campus. Small animals welcomed.
Large animals can be evacuated to Earl Warren Showgrounds. Small animals can be evacuated to Santa Barbara Humane Society at 5399 Overpass Road. Call County Animal Services at 805-681-4332 for help evacuation animals.
San Roque Pet Hospital is offering free pet boarding for residents that were evacuated or lost their home in the deadly mudslides.
All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church is being used as a triage center for people who are in need medical attention and are unable to get out of the Montecito area.
Evacuation Center open at Ventura City College small gymnasium. 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura.
Severe Weather Safety Tips
With the National Weather Service predicting more severe weather, heavy rain, and flash flooding in the Thomas Fire burn areas around Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria, it is now more important than ever to have an emergency plan in place and leave.
The following information comes directly from https://www.ready.gov/floods:
BASIC SAFETY TIPS
· Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
· Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
· Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
· Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
· If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
· If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
· Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.
Steps to Take
· Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
· Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
· Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
Prepare Your Home
· Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
· Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
· If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
Flood Warning = “Take Action!” Flooding can still happen.
Steps to Take
· Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
· Evacuate if directed.
· Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
AFTER A FLOOD
· Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
· Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
· Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
· Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
· Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.
WHEN IT IS NOT FLOODING: MAKE A FLOOD PLAN
· Know your flood risk.
· Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
· Make a flood emergency plan for the relevant type/s of local flood risk with plans such as evacuation, shelter, locations for high ground.
· Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a minimum of 3 days of food and water, flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
· Consider buying flood insurance.
· Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.
For the complete article, go to https://www.ready.gov/floods. Additional information and safety tips can be found at: https://www.ready.gov.
Director, Luxury Homes Division
Professional Financial Planner
Keller Williams, Santa Barbara