EVENTS & NEWS

Wildfire & Disaster Resources

After-fire-2

Ventura County Emergency Information

For the latest information, including evacuations and road closures:
www.vcemergency.com

VC ALERT Emergency Notification System
www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert

Ventura County Recovers – Official recovery information for Ventura County fires
venturacountyrecovers.org


••••••••••••

In Emotional Distress? Call the Crisis Helpline

After a wildfire, other disaster or tragic events, people can feel stress, grief, guilt or anger. It's important to remember that there are ways to cope. You do not need to deal with difficult times alone.

If you would like to speak with a professional, Ventura County Behavioral Health encourages residents to call the crisis team. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Help is available in English, Spanish, and other languages. 
    Ventura County Crisis Team
   
1-866-998-2243

If you believe your loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis and you need the assistance of law enforcement, call 911.

••••••••••••

After the Fire: Your Emotional and Physical Well-Being This tip sheet provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains common reactions to stress and includes steps people can take to cope and stay healthy after a wildfire.
www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/pdf/afterfire.pdf

Listen, Protect, Connect - Psychological First Aid from Ready.gov
     •  For Children and Parents
​     •  Family to Family, Neighbor to Neighbor

2-1-1: For information about resources dial 211 or call 1-800-339-9597 or visit www.211ventura.org.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Wildfires – The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website provides information on a host of hazards, including wildfires. 
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/index.asp

National Disaster Distress Helpline:  
For anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, or incident of mass violence.
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Available 24/7
www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
 

Helping Children 

See Helping Children Cope

Caring for Children During a Disaster – CDC website: 
www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters

Helping Children Cope with Disaster – Booklet with suggestions for parents from the Red Cross: 
www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m14740413_Helping_children_cope_with_disaster_-_English.pdf

Sesame Street has videos and other resources for parents and children coping with traumatic experiences.

"Help Kids Cope" App – This free mobile app provides information to help parents and other caregivers, teachers, counselors, and other prepare for and talk about disasters with kids. The app features tips and checklists to help with disaster preparation; information about how children typically respond to disasters; and links to kids’ books, activities, and other resources. Developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and other organizations, the app runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
www.nctsn.org/content/help-kids-cope
 

Thomas Fire

Thomas Fire Help – Community-based list of resources: www.thomasfirehelp.com

ALSO SEE:

    • Helping Children Cope 
    • Coping with Trauma
    • PTSD
    • Grief and Loss