Emergency Preparedness


El Niño Preparedness Information

Photo by Richard Lieberman

The City of Ventura and Ventura County are preparing for an El Niño weather system this winter.  Residents are encouraged to be prepared by planning ahead.  

El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific and may have important consequences for weather and climate around the globe. In general, El Niño may result in increased precipitation across California.

Please visit the Ready Ventura County website for important El Niño Preparedness information including Flood Preparation for your family and home, Weather Notifications, Evacuation Terminology, Helpful Links and Resources. http://readyventuracounty.org/elnino


Sand and sand bags are available to Ventura residents, at the following locations:

When heavy rain is expected, the City of Ventura provides residents with sand and sand bags

Please bring your own shovel to:

  • City Maintenance Yard:  336 Sanjon Road (cross street Thompson Blvd, next to the U-Haul)

         Contact the City of Ventura Public Works department at 805.652.4526


For a list of Private Vendors who sell sandbags in Ventura County, click on the link below:

Ventura County Sand Bag Vendor List

PLEASE NOTE: Public Works is trying to ensure that a constant supply of sand and bags are available, however, due to the high demand, we cannot guarantee that when you arrive that they will have sand and bags available at that moment.  Deliveries are made often.


Our friends at the Ventura County Fire Department have created a video on how to fill and use sandbags to protect your property. Click on the link below to view the video:


The City encourages you as residents to stay involved and informed so that you are well prepared in the event of an emergency. A disaster is a community problem, and to fulfill our mission we need the support and active participation of the people we serve.

During a disaster, City personnel are the first to safeguard the life and property of our residents. Our mission is to provide the very best emergency services possible and strengthen local operations by educating our community about potential disasters. The City of Ventura is susceptible to various types of disasters that include earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, flooding, hazardous materials releases, landslides and terrorism. A disaster is a community problem, and to fulfill our mission we need the support and active participation of the people we serve. We encourage you to stay involved and informed so that you are well prepared in the event of an emergency.

The Ventura County disaster information website, www.vcemergency.com is acitvated and updated during emergencies.

Want to get information during an emergency in your neighborhood?

If we can’t REACH you…We can’t ALERT you.


Ventura residents can receive emergency messages through VC Alert, a high-speed emergency notification system that may be used to deliver critical messages such as evacuation notices directly to you. Our system includes some landline and cellular phone numbers. However, residents and businesses are encouraged to register online to ensure that real-time emergency messages are received. Sign up for VC Alert.

VC Alert information is available in Spanish.  View the information at www.readyventuracounty.org.

Para información en español, haga clic aquí:  Si no podemos LOCALIZARLO... No podemos ponerlo sobre aviso.


 Get a Kit

  • Water and food
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Essential medications
  • Plan on being on your own for at least 72 hours.

Make a Plan

Have contact numbers for family members and an out of town contact.

Designate a place for your family to meet outside of the home and neighborhood.

Find out what the evacuation location is for your child’s school.

When a public safety agency requests that you evacuate for any emergency, follow their directions. Evacuations are typically measure of last resort and become necessary due to current or anticipated fire behavior. If possible, we will attempt to notify you in plenty of time to prepare. However, the time to evacuate your home is when you feel that you are in danger. Residents that flee the area after the notice of evacuation, clog streets and slow emergency vehicle response, decreasing public and personal safety.

Evacuation centers are predesignated by the American Red Cross and are typically located at large, full-service facilities such as the high schools and the County Fairgrounds. The specific evacuation centers used are determined based on the needs of an incident. For instance, if a major hazardous materials spill occurs on the freeway, then an evacuation center will be located at a facility that citizens can travel to and remain at safely out of the hazard zone. Citizens should listen to emergency broadcasts through the local radio stations as well as comply with directions from emergency personnel to determine how and where to evacuate during an emergency.

Information about:

El Nino Community Town Hall meeting, November 12, 2015 -- view the video

El Nino Community Town HallVentura City Fire, Ventura Police, and agency representatives from the Ventura County Sheriff OES, National Weather Services, Watershed Protection District, County Animal Services and the American Red Cross hosted an informational presentation on the potential for a wet El Nino Winter Season.  Experts provided data about planning and response efforts underway. 

Watch the El Nino Preparedness workshop video here (90 minutes).


Related Emergency Preparedness Links/Useful Contact Information: