Thomas Fire and Mudslide Relief Resources

Please share this list of resources with community members and consider making a donation or volunteering with any of the organizations below.

Thomas Fire and Mudslide Blog Posts

Forecast: Cloudy by Michelle Howard
How will 2018 shake out for our nonprofit sector in Santa Barbara County? What will be the medium- and long-term effects on non-disaster related agencies of the devastation our community faced (and is still facing) through the Thomas Fire and ensuing debris flows? Continue reading here.

Nonprofits and Business Support

Relief For Nonprofits
Ventura County Community Foundation’s Sudden and Urgent Needs (SUN) Fund is receiving donations and accepting applications from Ventura-based nonprofits for grants of up to $5,000 to help avoid the loss of critical safety net services. Donate or Apply Here.

Santa Barbara Foundation
Provides links to information on the fire and lists the Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SBC VOAD). Since 1928, the Santa Barbara Foundation has provided funding, advice, and encouragement to those who are making a positive impact in the county. The generosity of many donors has made it possible for the foundation to be a strategic resource for nonprofits, to lead in time of crisis, and to support critical services to those most in need. You can be part of this good work by making a gift to the foundation. Thomas Fire Relief Fund

The Fund for Santa Barbara
Supporting grantees’ organizing efforts which ensure that everyone is helped in the wake of this disaster. Donate

Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SBC VOAD)
This organization brings together non-profit and for-profit organizations that are active during disasters in Santa Barbara County to foster more effective services to impacted populations. To become a member and receive regular updates, please go to

Latest Update from SBC VOAD (Tuesday, December 19)
Direct Relief and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department: Distribution of free N-95 masks continues throughout Santa Barbara County in coordination with the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps, City of Carpinteria CERT, and City of Lompoc CERT. Please click here for an updated list of mask distribution locations for Monday-Friday, December 18-22.

Women’s Economic Ventures – Peer Business Support
Were you or your business affected by the Thomas Fire? Join us and other local business owners in the coming months to gather together, discuss challenges you’re facing, share resources, and support one another. These facilitated meetings are being offered at no cost and with no commitment. More info.

Consultations from Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County 
The Small Business Development Center has a team of Business Advisors immediately available to advise businesses in these challenging times, Services are free of charge and cover financial, accounting, marketing, strategic recovery planning and other post-disaster challenges. For more information, contact Alondra Gaytan at 805-409-9159 or by Email.

Flood Victim Services and Information

Alternative Transportation During the 101 Closure
Traffic Solutions has put together a comprehensive source of alternative transportation to the 101 until it’s reopened. Click here for more information on train, bus, and ferry service.

Free Air Transportation for Critical Jobs
Thomas Fire Help is organizing air transportation with prioritization for those serving in critical jobs: hospital, emergency response and operations, infrastructure, utilities, transportation, etc. Click here for the sign-up form. You will be contacted in 24 hours or less.

Facebook’s Crisis Relief Page
Facebook is collecting and organizing community offers of support for the mudslide. Click here to request for help or to offer it.

Community Disaster Relief Fund
The Santa Barbara Foundation is collaborating with the Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SBC VOAD) and has been monitoring the response and needs from nonprofit organizations that are assisting individuals and families that have been displaced from these disasters. All funds received will be utilized in support of SBC VOAD member organizations. Click here to learn more.

Santa Barbara City College
SBCC compiled a list of ways we can help our community. Click here for more information on from disaster relief, education, community, emergency preparedness, and more.

Direct Relief and Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
These organizations are pairing to offer free tetanus vaccines to responders, cleanup workers, and residents exposed to flood water. The Tdap vaccine is a combination vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Click here for more information and locations.

Free Counseling Services from Hospice of Santa Barbara
In light of the devastating events that occurred during Tuesday’s mudslide, Hospice of Santa Barbara is providing counseling services to individuals and families who may be struggling during this difficult time.

Trained counselors will be on hand at Hospice of Santa Barbara, located at 2050 Alameda Padre Serra Suite 100, and will be available to discuss families’ experiences with the natural disaster. They can also provide consultations on Hospice of Santa Barbara’s short and long-term counseling services. Services are available in English and Spanish.

All community members are welcome to come to our gathering space, share their experiences, and process their feelings about the devastation. The Community Gathering Space will be open until Friday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call (805) 563-8820 for more information.

Support Stations at the Local Recovery & Assistance Center
In collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) provides a support station at the Local Recovery & Assistance Center at Calvary Chapel. “If you or someone you know is struggling during or after this disaster, please know you are not alone. At VNHC, our bereavement services are available for FREE to anyone in the community,” stated Lynda Tanner, President and CEO of VNHC. VNHC provides expert care in counseling, spiritual support, music therapy, and pet therapy. Call VNHC Bereavement anytime at (805) 308-9602 or email

The Local Recovery & Assistance Center will be open Wednesday, January 17 through Friday, February 3 at Calvary Chapel located at 1 North Calle Caesar Chavez in Santa Barbara. The hours are Monday through Friday from 11am to 6:30pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Fire Victim Services and Information

Direct Relief
Distribution of free N-95 masks continues throughout Santa Barbara County in coordination with the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps, City of Carpinteria CERT, and City of Lompoc CERT. Please click here for an updated list of mask distribution locations for Monday-Friday, December 18-22.

County of Santa Barbara
The County of Santa Barbara provides the latest information on mandatory and voluntary evacuations, safety advisories, road and school closures and more. For the latest updates on the Thomas Fire in English and Español please go to

Aware & Prepare: Emergency Alerts & Notifications
The Aware and Prepare Initiative is a community partnership to strengthen emergency and disaster readiness. This is now the leading public education campaign and outreach effort for the Santa Barbara County Operational Area in coordination with Santa Barbara County Emergency Managers Committee (EMC) and Operational Area Council (OAC). Sign up at to receive emergency alerts.

211 Thomas Fire Resources
2-1-1 is a comprehensive information and referral system connecting people quickly and effectively to health and human services, disaster relief and public information

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Faith-based organizations, in addition to other community, volunteer, and non-profit organizations in areas eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program as part of a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration may apply for FEMA grants to help them get back to the business of helping others.

The first step to receive a FEMA PA grant for your faith-based, community, volunteer or other private nonprofit organization is to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to the state, tribe, or territory within the deadline, typically 30 days after designation of the area but it may be extended.  Information on the RPA deadline is updated on state and local emergency management websites. Faith-based organizations should contact their state or local emergency management office for more information.

Providing free transportation to anyone, especially people using wheelchairs (gurney transit not provided). Additionally, EasyLift is offering free transportation to shelter locations for evacuees. Website

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
In addition to providing food to the American Red Cross evacuation shelter at UCSB, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has arranged daily emergency food distribution from Wednesday through Friday, December 18 to 22, 2017 to serve regions of the south county identified as high-need. These include Santa Barbara’s east and west sides, Goleta, and, with the addition of a new location, Carpinteria, where 60% of students qualify for free school lunch. Click here for locations.

The Foodbank requests community support to provide food for all affected by the Thomas fire. Those wishing to contribute via this link or visit, click “Donate” for “Thomas Fire Hunger Relief.”

Independent Living Resource Center
All sign language interpreter requests are being facilitated by the Independent Living Resource Center for press conferences and Town Hall Meetings. Website

Red Cross
The Red Cross is currently sheltering a total of 300 evacuees at three different locations: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Recreation Center, Ventura County Fairgrounds and Oxnard College. Website

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has served a total of 4,619 across two evacuation centers in Ventura County and is on standby to serve at the University of California Santa Barbara evacuation center. Website

The Salvation Army’s efforts in Ventura County is managing a distribution center at the Santa Paula Community Center that is scheduled to close on December 17. They will also be assisting the community at the Local Assistance Center opening in Ventura County on December 13.

Unity Shoppe
Referrals are coming in for Unity Shoppe to assist fire victims and evacuees, in addition to all of their holiday clients (up to 150 families daily). They have expanded the Disaster Services area, so all those referred will receive personalized caring attention in the Loggins Community Center at 110 West Sola Street in Santa Barbara. Racks are set up displaying new personal care products like a pharmacy, along with socks, underwear, pajamas, tee shirts, sweatpants and shirts. People can shop and select what they need Monday to Saturday; they will also accept people on Sundays by appointment. Website

United Way of Santa Barbara County
A Thomas Fire Relief Fund has been activated by United Way of Ventura County and United Way of Santa Barbara County in coordination with the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services to directly support those individuals and families affected by the fire in both Counties. Donations can be made by texting UWVC to 41444, online at or calling 805-485-6288.

VC Housing Assistance Program
Rental Assistance and other help is available to eligible local residents who cannot return to their homes due to the impact of wildfires in Ventura County. Get Information

Veterans Services
DAV National Charitable Foundation is able to assist veterans impacted by the Thomas Fire. They are able to give $250 for food, water, and incidentals or up to $500 maximum to veterans who have lost homes in the fire. For more information contact the Ventura County Military Collaborative at: 805-983-4850.

Thomas Fire Help
Large compilation of resources whether you’re looking for assistance with recovery or for ways to help – this site is a great guide. Go to site.

El Centro SB
Provide services and supplies to families on the Westide of SB.  Offerings have included: Free masks, clothes, toiletries and food items daily from 3-7pm, emergency updates via texts message in Spanish and English, free workshops on emergency preparedness, evacuation packing lists and emergency planning

Address is 629 Coronel Place and we can be reached at 805-453-3677. Or visit their FB page at:

Community Action Commission of SB
Information phone number 211, which provides up to the minute information, is answered by live individuals who can refer to other agencies. It is multilingual, with a texting option. Website

SEE International
In response to the Thomas Fire, SEE, a Santa Barbra based nonprofit, is offering free eye screenings. Click here

Resources for Spanish Speaking Community
CAUSE, Future Leaders of America, Mixteco Indigenous Community Organizing Project (MICOP), El Centro and many more volunteers have distributed over 15,000 N95 respiratory masks to farmworkers laboring under the smoke and ash, and to communities throughout Santa Barbara and West Ventura counties. Women’s Economic Ventures has a page in Spanish dedicated to resources.

Assistance with Animals
List of Resources

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Newtwork
While their network does not see a lot of animals during the actual fire – they see the most impacts after the fire. With lost habitat comes a variety of consequences for our wildlife, and a fire of this size will surely bring wild animals to them who are injured and need shelter, food, and rest.

SBWCN was happy to be able to help offering food and shelter to 2 Red-tailed hawks, a Screech Owl, Raven, Stork, and Great-horned Owl for a week until they were able to return home to Ojai Raptor Center. Donate

Thomas Fire Help
Large compilation of resources whether you’re looking for assistance with recovery or for ways to help – this site is a great guide. Go to site.