Visit Ready Ventura County to create your own Basic Emergency Supply Kit. Items to include: water and food, battery powered radio, flashlight, First Aid kit, essential medications, food for your pet(s). Pack enough supplies per person, for at least 72 hours.
Develop a communications plan. Have contact numbers for family members and an out-of-town contact. Designate a place for your family to meet outside of the home and neighborhood. Find out what the evacuation location is for your child’s school.
Earthquakes - The correct thing to do during an earthquake is DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.
Extreme Heat (PDF) - Take precautions in case extreme heat strikes.
Fires (Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Action Plan, PDF) - Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your home.
Floods – Be aware of local flood hazards and do not walk or drive through flooded areas.
Ocean Safety – Recognize the danger of rip currents and always swim at beaches with lifeguards.
Storms (PDF) – Heavy storms can bring strong winds, high surf and the potential of flooding.
Tsunamis – Tsunamis are enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake. Ventura’s coastal communities are within the Tsunami Hazard Zone and should be informed about (PDF).
- Register to receive emergency notifications from VC Alert.
- During emergencies, check for incident information, closures and evacuations.
- Get emergency preparedness tips at
- Visit the National Weather Service website for area information at www.weather.gov
- During a major citywide incident, the City of Ventura's Disaster Hotline is activated, 805-477-3711
Southern California Edison Public Safety Power Shutoff
In August 2018 Southern California sent a letter to community members who have a home or business in the high fire risk area to provide information on their Public Safety Power Shutoff protocol and other efforts to help keep customers and the community safe.
Read the letter here.
Sand and sand bags: When heavy rain is expected, the City of Ventura provides residents with free sand and sand bags (please bring your own shovel.) Location: City Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program of Citizen Corps, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's approach to involve citizens in emergency preparedness, and is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CERT volunteers assist first responders during major disasters and provide immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs. For information about the Ventura City Fire Department’s CERT Training Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. CERT Application Form. CERT Fact Sheet.
Useful Links and Contact Information
- American Red Cross of Central California
- Ventura County Health Care Agency
- Ventura County Public Health Department
- Ventura Unified School District
- Ventura City Fire Department
In an emergency, call 9-1-1
General information, 805-339-4300
- Ventura Police Department
In an emergency, call 9-1-1
General information, 805-339-4400
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- City of Ventura Disaster Hotline - Activated during disasters, the City's disaster hotline provides residents with information during a citywide disaster.