Disaster Recovery Services

Business Disaster Recovery Resources for Ventura

and Santa Barbara County


Current clients, please use the above link to identify you as a disaster client.
If you have any questions, please call:

Alondra Gaytan
(805) 409-9159

The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County is coordinating business services support for disaster recovery.

The EDC-VC Small Business Development Center offers no-cost personal business advising services to assist small businesses impacted by the disaster.

Services are free of charge and cover financial, accounting, marketing, strategic recovery planning and other post-disaster challenges.

SBDC-Disaster Resource Guide Update


New federal declarations have secured additional resources for those who have suffered personal and business injury as a result of the Thomas Fire through FEMA and the SBA.

STEP 1: REGISTRATION WITH FEMA- Clients who have been impacted by the Thomas Fire and subsequent flood and are interested in government assistance (either FEMA or SBA) should apply online at or by phone at 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. NOTE: The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Mar. 16, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Oct. 15, 2018.

Applicants should have the following information at hand:

  • Social Security number.
  • Address of the damaged primary residence.
  • Description of the damage.
  • Information about insurance coverage.
  • A current contact telephone number.
  • An address where they can receive mail.
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

STEP 2: REGISTRATION WITH THE SBA FOR LOW INTEREST LOANS- Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. Disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries. This includes Economic Injury Disaster loans for businesses that may or may not have sustained any damage, but have experienced a downturn in business because of the disaster. The SBA customer service center is also available to answer questions at 1-800-659-2955. Applicants may also come in to a Local Recovery Center (LRC) for person-to-person assistance in completing their applications. For further information, visit SBA’s website at

STEP 3: REGISTRATION WITH EDD FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS-  Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available for workers, business owners and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours substantially reduced as a result of the wildfires and associated flooding, mudslides and debris flows in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Those affected are encourages to apply online at, by calling 1-800-300-5616 (English) 1-800-326-8937 (Spanish) or by visiting a Local Recovery Center (see locations below).

LOCAL RECOVERY CENTERS (LRC) – Two Disaster Recovery Centers are now open locally for personal and business assistance. Representatives from FEMA, SBA, OES and other agencies will be present to provide information and resources for economic and personal injury due to the Thomas Fire and subsequent floods. Locations are as follows.



Calvary Chapel

1 N Calle Cesar Chavez #21

Santa Barbara, Ca 93103

Monday-Friday 11-6:30

Saturday 10-2 pm




Ventura County Credit Union

6026 Telephone Rd

Ventura, CA 93003

Monday-Wednesday 9-4pm

Thursday/Friday 9-5pm

Saturday 9-1 pm

RESOURCES FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency has opened a temporary satellite office this week in Ventura County to help farmers and ranchers who suffered losses in the Thomas Fire apply for federal disaster recovery assistance.


Agricultural Commissioner’s Office

815 E. Santa Barbara St.

Santa Paula, Ca  93060


Hours of operation

Thursday, January 18, 8 a.m. to noon

Thursday, January 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, February 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, February 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, February 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, February 22, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.


Applicants are asked to call the Santa Barbara FSA office at 805-928-9269 to schedule an appointment, but drop-ins are also welcome.


EDD Disaster Resources PDF: EDD Disaster Benefits

Insurance Recovery Guide PDF: Insurance 2017 Wildfire Guide


Small Business Recovery Workshops:

Sm Biz Recovery Workshops_English

Local Resources for Disaster Recovery have shifted: Click Links to get to most recent updates.

SBDC-Disaster Resource Guide

City of Ventura:


Ventura City Hall is open and ready to assist residents; business hours are 7:30am–5:00 pm. City Hall is located at 501 Poli Street. The Building & Safety Division is in Room #117; an extra public counter is located in the Community Meeting Room.

County of Ventura:

Links for Santa Barbara County both for the Thomas Fire and Flooding. These will be updated as additional information becomes available.


Link to Santa Barbara County Public Works Project Page for potential work

Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County Local Assistance Intake Form

Santa Barbara County 1st District Supervisor Das Williams Contact Information

General Guide to services for recovery (to be used in partnership with local coordination)

FEMA and Cal OES have been providing essential emergency support to affected communities since the initial disaster declaration on January 2, 2018. For more information, visit and and follow

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