Resources: Thomas Fire and January Mudslides

Updated: 11 February 2018

As a result of the natural disasters in December 2017 and January 2018, the County of Santa Barbara has new emergency preparedness and evacuation instructions:

There is a new website for emergency preparedness:

If you click on the “Storm Readiness” tab, you will see links to the new evacuation procedures and timeline. In addition, you can view the new interactive map that indicates high and severe risk areas. These links below, too:

The Thomas Fire has had a major impact on our students, faculty, and staff. Here are some community resources to assist with this difficult time:

Emergency Information

Fire News/Updates


  • Go to (Ventura County) or (Santa Barbara County), or dial 211 on your phone for community resources.
  • Ventura County Behavioral Health will be on-site at several of the emergency shelters for crisis intervention, counseling and community resource referrals. Call (866) 998-2243 24/7 for additional information or mental health crisis care in Ventura County.
  • Thomas Fire emergency shelter in Santa Barbara area: UCSB Multi Activity Center, 516 Ocean Rd, Santa Barbara, 93106. Evacuees should enter UCSB through the main east entrance, park in parking lot 16. Staff will guide you to the Center.

Donating to Thomas Fire victims and relief efforts

  • Direct Relief International–based in SB
  • For Red Cross Ventura donations, visit their website, call 1-800 RED CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • For United Way donations, text UWVC to 41444 and 100% of the donations will go directly to those affected by the fires.