The January storms resulted in widespread damage across Ventura County, prompting Sheriff Jim Fryhoff to sign a Proclamation of Local Emergency. This proclamation was later ratified by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and sent the California Governor requesting his support for the Major Disaster Declaration. Subsequently, and with unanimous support of local congressional delegates, a Major Disaster Declaration was authorized by President Biden, to include Ventura County. This Major Disaster Declaration is key to activating various disaster assistance programs for residents, businesses and public agencies. As a result of those efforts, we are excited to announce that Ventura County has been awarded a Major Disaster Declaration and area residents may be eligible for assistance. 

Apply for Assistance Online or Over the Phone


Visit the Disaster Recovery Center in Person

A Disaster Recovery Center will be available at the Ventura County Fairgrounds beginning Wednesday February 8, 2023 from 9:00AM-7:PM, 7 days a week. Recovery specialist from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications. Additionally, representatives from numerous County of Ventura agencies will be on site to answer your questions, including Ventura County Public Works, Ventura County Resource Management Agency, the Ventura County Assessor’s Office, Ventura County Human Services Agency and the Farmworker Resource Program. 

Ventura County Fairgrounds – Santa Rosa Hall
10 W. Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001
Hours: 9:00AM – 7:00PM, 7 days a week

If you require assistance with transportation or any other ADA accommodations, please call 805-465-6650 and somebody from the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services will assist you. Spanish and ASL interpreters will be available on site to assist applicants through the process. 


FEMA Individual Assistance

Individual Assistance may cover expenses for temporary housing and home repairs, cleanup and other expenses.  

Eligibility for this program is determined on an individual basis and assistance is provided in the form of grants that do not require repayment.  The following types of assistance may be available under the Individual Assistance Program:


To apply for assistance call 1-800-621-3362 or click the link below

Small Business Administration Assistance

SBA offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters. Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair and replace damaged property and working capital needs caused by the disaster. Small businesses, and most private nonprofit organizations (including places of worship) may borrow up to $2 million to repair and replace damaged property and working capital needs caused by the disaster. If over 50% of revenue is carried from agricultural, farming, and ranching business-contact your local United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) for available programs. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.

To apply for assistance call 1-800-659-2955 or click the link below


Did your  agricultural operation sustain significant damage related to the January storms? We would like to hear about it. This information is vital to securing State and Federal assistance for Ventura County Residents. Please complete a damage report by clicking on the “Submit a Report” button below:


If your property requires any type of significant grading work to stabilize or repair damage done by the last storm, please review the following informational handout information and regulations surrounding emergency flood repairs.  Download the guide here.


Property tax relief may be available to Ventura County property owners whose property sustained more than $10,000 in damage from the January 9-10, 2023 storms. For additional information on program eligibility, please visit the Ventura County Assessor’s Office. To file a claim, complete the Calamity Application Form and return it to the Ventura County Assessor’s Office by email: Claims must be filed within twelve months of the date of damage.


Sheriff’s Emergency Services contracted with E.J. Harrison & Sons, Inc. to place mud and debris receptacles in storm-damaged areas for private property owners to clear debris and dispose of damaged personal property.  Two types of collection containers may be provided at each location.  The 10-yard dumpster (low sides) will hold mud, trees and organics.  The 25 or 40-yard dumpsters (high sides) will hold storm-damaged household items, personal property and non-organics.

Dumpster Locations

As of February 1, 2023:

  • 305 Foster Park Way @Anza Road
  • 8747 Nye Road
  • 1500 Fraser Street @ Creek Road 
  • 10144 Creek Road
  • Two locations on Main Street in Piru, North of Orchard Street


Due to widespread damage from the January 2023 storms, many roads throughout Ventura County were temporarily impassible. While most of those roads have now been opened, some of the hardest hit areas, such as those along State Route 33, will take time to complete repairs. Re-opened roads may experience intermittent closures as additional repairs are completed.

  • Please consult the map below for city and county roads that remain closed due to storm damage.
  • Information on current highway and state route closures can be found on the Caltrans’ Quickmap


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Please report any sightings to Ventura County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (805) 654-9511.
Por favor reporte cualquier avistamiento al Despacho del Sheriff al 805-654-9511.