The Environmental Health Division maintains a Hotline telephone number from which information can be obtained regarding any current environmental health emergencies or warnings. Please note, this is an information only number; not a message line.
HOTLINE telephone number: 805 654 - 2432
Thomas Fire Debris Removal
The County of Ventura has launched a website dedicated to helping victims of the Thomas Fire in their recovery called Ventura County Recovers (www.VenturaCountyRecovers.org). It is a comprehensive source of information for all matters relating to fire recovery. Please register on Ventura County Recovers to receive updates.
The County is coordinating with state agencies to remove household hazardous wastes (Phase One -Household Hazardous Waste Removal) and structural fire debris (Phase Two - CalOES Fire Damage Debris Clearance Program, or "State Program") from properties damaged by the Thomas Fire. Please visit the Ventura County Recovers Debris Removal webpage for fact sheets and information on the Phase Two debris removal activities, and to obtain the Right-of-Entry Permit to register for the State Program.
Disaster / Emergency Information
Click on the following links for information on disaster and emergency preparedness:
- Ready.VenturaCounty - Ventura County Office of Emergency Services (Ventura County Sheriff)
- Ready, Set, Go! - Ventura County Fire Department
- Be Prepared California - California Department of Public Health
- FEMA Homepage - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Unless your water purveyor has issued a notice stating otherwise, it is safe to drink and use tap water. If you receive a boil water notice, do not drink the water without boiling it first. Check out the following links for instructions on how to make your water safe to drink.
- How To Store Water
- How To Store Water (PDF)
- How To Purify Water
- Cómo Purificar el Agua
- Checking Your Water Well After A Fire
- Sanitizing a Reverse Osmosis Filtration System
Food facility operators need to take special precautions before engaging in food operations or offering to the public. Please review the following guidance documents:
- Food Facility Requirements for Operating During a Boil Water Notice
- After Boil Water Notice is Lifted
- Wildfire Recovery - California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
- State/Federal Wildfire Debris Removal Program Eligibility Chart - California Wildfire Recovery Resources (CalOES)
- Protecting Public Health from Home and Building Fire Ash
- Returning to Your Home or Business After a Fire
- Septic System Tips After A Fire
- Guidelines for Swimming Pools Impacted by Fire, Smoke, and Ash