[With evacuation orders lifted, the American Red Cross is transitioning its shelters at Ventura College and Earl Warren Showgrounds to standby as of 8:00 a.m. Friday. The evacuation center at Nordhoff High School in Ojai closed Thursday afternoon. Volunteers will work with each shelter resident to make sure that anyone affected by the storm is able to either return home or receive a long-term recovery plan.]
The American Red Cross has opened evacuation centers in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties in preparation for the upcoming storm. See below:
- Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
- Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003
San Roque Pet Hospital is offering free dog and cat boarding for those evacuating from their homes this week in Montecito.
Large animals are being evacuated to the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. If you need help evacuating your animals, call the hotline 805-892-4484.
For a list of hotels in Santa Barbara County offering special rates to evacuees, click here.
The Red Cross wants residents to be ready for disasters big and small, including landslides and flooding. Follow a few safety tips to prepare for, respond to, and recover from severe winter weather:
- Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family or business.
- Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit.
- Watch the patterns of storm-water drainage on slopes near your home.
- Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or
- boulders knocking together.
- Before re-entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines,
- foundation cracks, or other damage.