Emergency Response and Relief Information for
Montecito and Santa Barbara

Our list will be updated constantly so please let us know if your business is offering any help/services for the community. Email natalie@sbchamber.org or call (805) 965-3023

Business Resource Guide for Businesses Impacted by the California Disasters

Provided by the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Disaster Impact Survey

Just a quick reminder about our Disaster Impact Survey.  If you've already completed it ... thanks!

As we continue our recovery from the last month and a half of fires and mud flows, the impacts from these disasters to businesses across the region continues to be evident.  As a means of determining some of these impacts and coming up with the overall impact from these incidents, Visit Santa Barbara, Women's Economic Ventures, the Chamber of the SB Region and the Economic Forecast Project at UCSB, have built this Countywide Small Business Survey.

Please take the 3 - 5 minutes that are needed to complete the survey as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to call the Chamber office at 965-3023.  We are trying to wrap this up in about 2 weeks, so the quicker you can provide your information, the better!



The heavy rains have stopped in California but the risk of additional mudslides still exists where wildfires scorched thousands of acres. The American Red Cross is on the ground, providing safe shelter and other services for people impacted by the disaster and has information people should follow to remain safe. If someone needs to find a shelter, they can call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit redcross.org, or download the free Red Cross Emergency App. Click here to see The Red Cross’ Safety Guidelines.



Click in the link below for more information for beach closures, cleanup safety and protection, testing results, public health advisory and more.

Public Health Press Releases 2018



-      PrimeLending offers a mortgage loan to repair, renovate, or construct a property. Their renovation loan will allow cash-out to pay a contractor to complete repairs, PrimeLEnding will be waiving their fees. Please contact PrimeLending for more information.

(805) 335-8789 or at lo.primelending.com/sandy.stinson



-      Preferred Rental Services are offering their rental listing as a free service to the families that have lost their home or have had it damaged by the fire/mudslide. Click here for PDF.

-      Santa Barbara Association of Realtors have created a list of furnished rentals. Click here for the rental list.



http://awareandprepare.org/  -------  http://www.countyofsb.org/



-      Any business who has experienced physical damage to their property and needs assistance with how to proceed, please contact us. (805) 965-3023

-      The Chamber of Santa Barbara Region offers office space for the impacted at 104 W. Anapamu St., Suite A, Santa Barbara. Please call for more information (805)965-3023



-      The Santa Barbara Diaster Recovery Center will be transitioning to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) as of Monday March 5th.

-      The Employment Development Department (EDD) has extended their deadline until March 19th, 2018 to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Click here for more information

-      The SBDC is offering guidance to make sure that businesses are directed to the right resources, financial consulting to overcome the loss, low-interest emergency loans, and business coaching. You can find them at The Recovery Center is at 1 Cesar Chavez Click here for more information

-      Girls Inc. is making available its facilities for displaced businesses. At this time, we have space during the day at our Santa Barbara Center, 531 E. Ortega (available during the day until approximately 2-3PM, and potentially on weekends), and our gymnasium (same location). The SBC has classrooms, a stage, computer lab, art room, science room, youth library, and large main room and chef’s kitchen. Our afterschool program brings girls onsite between 2:30-3, M-F, but we could open the center during the day. Businesses can call our administration office at 805-963-4757 if they are interested in more information about either of the facilities.

-      Keller Williams Santa Barbara at 1435 Anacapa offer their workspace to those affected by recent events. They have a couple of computers and printing/copying/faxing services available as well. These will be available during business hours, Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

-      Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is offering a Quick Response Loan of up to $10,000 and has put together a webpage of additional resources to help small businesses recover from the Thomas Fire’s continuing impacts.

-      Paseo Nuevo have space available and are committed to help any retailer that has been displaced in Montecito. If someone needs a temporary location to rebuild their life and livelihood while their location is being restored, they can reach out to info@paseonuevoshopping.com or at (805) 963-7147

-      Impact Hub are offering workspace, WIFI and warm beverages https://impacthubsb.com/

-      Regus Santa Barbara are offering workspace for the impacted at their downtown location. Click here for more information

-      Workzones are offering free co-working day passes to those effected. Call (805) 966-3722 for additional details or questions regarding short term office solutions or email

-     Visit Santa Barbara has created a membership toolkit to assist with messaging during this critical period. It contains information, media FAQs, and tips and guidelines to use when promoting your business and the destination so we can quickly welcome visitors back, with the promise of brighter days ahead



o    The American Red Cross has set up a Crowdrise site to take monetary donations. These funds directly support the Red Cross disaster relief fund for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Please see: https://www.crowdrise.com/americanredcrossofthepacificcoastchaptersupport.

o    Direct Relief collects donation through their website: Click here to donate

o    United Way has created a Thomas Fire and Flood Fund: Click here for more information



o    "My name is Steve Paul. I own Paragon Builders. We are a locally based company doing business in the Santa Barbara area for over 20 years. We are a full service company specializing in new home, remodels and additions. We have recently just completed a debris flow mud removal project on Olive Mill Rd. We are sensitive to Owners needs in home replacement situations. We would love the opportunity to provide a bid for any upcoming projects.

Feel free to visit our website at ParagonBuildersSB.com

Thank you,

Steve Paul

(805) 745-8588  office

(805) 453-5380 cell

o     If you are looking to rent construction equipment (bulldozers, dump trucks etc.), Pete Arredondo of Technico Construction has offered his equipment. You may contact him at Pete@technicotv.com (this is not free of charge, however Pete has offered to work with those who are in need)

o     If you need to dispose of/drop-off boulders Nick Diebolt has offered his property as a drop-off site. Please call or text him for further information and arrangements at (805) 637-1124. 

o    The Local Assistance Center is here to serve as a centralized, single point location for essential resources and services to help community members recover and rebuild. The Local Recovery and Assistance Center will initially be open at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, 93103 during the following hours of 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. The center will be closed on Sunday. Click here for more information

o    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County (HFHSSBC) is actively working with Habitat for Humanity International’s Disaster Response Teams to spearhead local volunteer efforts to clean up and offer relief for the victims of the deadly floods and mudslides in Montecito. HFHSSCB’s local ReStore is immediately offering a 50% discount on all merchandise to those affected by the natural disaster. The Habitat ReStore, located at 6860 Cortona Drive, Suite A in Goleta, is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday 11am to 5pm. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County.

o    The California Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses impacted by disasters in California. These range from assistance for those who may have lost a job due to the disaster, to employers who are forced to shut down operations. Click here for more information

o    From Supervisor Joan Hartmann: Many displaced workers and folks not able to travel to their jobs are starting to wonder what their options are. If you are in need of financial assistance because your job has been disrupted due to the mudslide, contact your Assemblymember or State Senator’s Office. They have staff ready to help you file a claim for assistance.

Assemblymember Monique Limón: (805) 564-1649 or (805) 641-3700.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson: (805) 965-0862 or (805) 988-1940

o    Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Offers FREE Support Counseling for ANYONE Suffering a Loss! In collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) provides a support station at the Local Recovery & Assistance Center at Calvary Chapel to be there for our community when they need us most.  Disasters, especially those with great loss, have the potential to cause emotional distress. VNHC will be in the Local Recovery & Assistance Center with staff rotating throughout the days to provide expert care in counseling, spiritual support, music therapy, and pet therapy. We recognize that many members of our community have been directly and/or indirectly impacted by the Thomas Fire and/or the Mudslides; and it is very likely people will not know what they need with regards to mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. At the LRAC we have an information sheet about "Dealing with Disaster Distress" as well as other informational support pieces for family caregivers. Also we invite our community to contact our VNHC Bereavement Services for individual counseling, support groups, information, and referrals. There is no charge for any of our services thanks to generous contributions. Call VNHC Bereavement anytime at 805-308-9602 or email bereavement@vnhcsb.org. Click here for information on how to deal with disaster distress and to get in contact with VNHC!

o    Ventura County Community Development Corporation (VCCDC), a non-profit HUD approved counseling agency is an approved provider for the Keep Your Home California (KYHC) Program. Under the KYHC Unemployment Mortgage Assistance (UMA) Program, homeowners who have experienced an involuntary job loss and are receiving California EDD unemployment benefits can obtain mortgage payment assistance. Benefit assistance through UMA can last up to eighteen (18) months. The maximum assistance per household is $54,000. VCCDC’s staff can work with you to assess your eligibility for one or more of the Keep Your Home California programs. Call us today to learn more or to apply: 805.273.7800 or achavez@vccdc.org. Our office is located at 2231 Sturgis Road, Suite A, in Oxnard however we would be happy to help anyone who is interested via phone or through a virtual counseling session. Click here for more information

o    Hospice of Santa Barbara is providing counseling services to individuals and families who may be struggling during this difficult time.  Trained counselors will be on hand at Hospice of Santa Barbara, located at 2050 Alameda Padre Serra Suite 100, and will be available to discuss families' experiences with the natural disaster. Services are available in English and Spanish. Please call (805) 563-8820 for more information

o    ASR Property Restoration is a trusted local company out of Ventura County with and impressive resume, references, all required insurances, certifications and the manpower and experience to handle large disasters. We are dedicated to helping residents and businesses in Montecito. Their services include; water and flood damage, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, property construction, infectious disease, contents cleaning, heavy equipment (mud & debris removal), mudslide cleanup, erosion control, emergency supplies** Extra large crews availabe for all services above. Please call - Michael Voyles, at 805-874-2770 for further information



LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES – Created by Impact Hub Santa Barbara

-          Emergency Pop Up Shop, This is a place to help serve our displaced friends which is currently located at the Victoria Court. Please contact Anna Prober with any questions 805-259-8352. They need volunteers as well. 

-          Santa Barbara Helpers Signup, whose mission is to support the immediate needs of families impacted by the mudslide. Signup directly to purchase items victims lost in the disaster. 

-          KEYT has a great list of donation opportunities.

-          Ensemblé: The donations housed in the storage room at the Hotel Californian has relocated to a storefront along State Street; you may drop off donations (new clothes, toilettry kits, new shoes, etc.) at 1233-A Victoria Court. If you have lost your home, possessions, or are displaced, you may pick up donations from the same location.

-          Disaster Assist Match, matching people's needs with volunteers in the Santa Barbara area.

For more information click here!

-          Santa Barbara Axxess is selling gift certificates for businesses in Montecito & Summerland. Your purchase of a gift certificate provides immediate cash flow for the businesses today - when they need our support most. These certificates are available to everyone (not just Axxess Members). Click here for the list of available gift certificates.



Severe storms cause service outages for some cox communications customers in Santa Barbara county.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Jan. 10, 2018 - The severe storms and mudslides that hit Santa Barbara County have impacted video, internet, phone and home security services to some Cox Communications residential and business customers. For more information click on the link below:



ANIMAL SHELTERS FOR EVACUEES: (Please call first if possible)

For assistance with large and small animals, please call (805) 681-4332

Large Animal Shelter - Earl Warren Showgrounds - http://www.earlwarren.com/

Small Animal Shelter – Santa Barbara Humane Society – (805) 964-4777 - 5399 Overpass Road https://www.sbhumanesociety.org/

San Roque Pet Hospital is offering free pet boarding - (805) 682-2647 http://www.sanroquepethospital.com/contact-us.html


For other/more information, go to www.countyofsb.org, or call 211 or outside the 805-area code, call toll free to (800) 400-1572. The county has established an additional call center for assistance at (805) 681-5542 or text to (805) 699-0165.