Disaster Updates

Storm 3, January 2019

Updates for January 15, 2019 No updates at this time For up to the minute storm and evacuation information, please visit Ready Santa Barbara County. VOAD Members: If you haven’t done so already, please update your contact information using this link. VOAD partner ICTG (Institute for Collective Trauma and Growth) has provided VOAD with a […]

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VOAD assists in recovery from January 9 Debris Flow

On January 9, 2018 around 3:30 a.m., a catastrophic debris flow ripped through Montecito, sending a wall of boulders, trees and mud barreling down from the foothills, destroying buildings and flooding the 101 freeway on its way to the ocean. The area was still recovering from the Thomas Fire, which left the hills unable to […]

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VOAD Members Respond to Thomas Fire, December 2017

The Thomas Fire began on the morning of Monday, December 4, 2017, near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula Canyon at 6:35 a.m. Half an hour later, a second fire broke out four miles away in Upper Ojai at the top of Koenigstein Road. The fire expanded into Ventura and moved west, crossing into Santa […]

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Tea Fire Response Fund Final Report:
$434,447 Given in Direct Client Assistance

A Tea Fire fund was established through the cooperative efforts of United Way of Santa Barbara County, The Santa Barbara Foundation, and Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. Funds were disbursed to clients after Red Cross caseworkers verified information and assisted the clients in determining what their most essential needs were to effectively recover from their losses sustained in the fire. The Case Manager then presented this information to the Long Term Recovery Committee for consideration. The committee deliberated and made their decision on the status of the cases to determine the disbursements. Within days following that meeting the Long Term Recovery Committee Representative presented the results of their meeting to an Executive Oversight Committee who then reviewed the process and either approved or declined the disbursements. […]

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Jesusita Fire

During the recent Jesusita Fire, the coordination of VOAD partner members was extraordinary, helping to support a massive relief operation that destroyed close to 100 homes. The American Red Cross sheltered close to 1,000 evacuees between the Dos Pueblos HS and UCSB shelters, offered free mental health services, and distributed meals for several days into […]

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