Red Cross Opening Shelters in Ventura County

Camarillo, Calif. (January 15, 2018) — The American Red Cross of Ventura County will be opening shelters this afternoon for residents ordered to evacuate due to heavy rains and the risk for debris flow. The Red Cross shelters will be located at:

Ventura College at 4667 Telegraph Rd in Ventura Nordhoff High School at 1401 Maricopa Hwy in Ojai

Thousand Oaks Community Center at 2525 N Moorpark Rd in Thousand Oaks

Volunteers will be on scene to provide lodging, water, meals, health services, and comfort.

“Our disaster teams have been on standby and are ready to provide shelter for those who are being evacuated,” said Red Cross Executive Director Kimberly Coley, “We will continue to work closely with our government and community partners to provide assistance that meets the needs of our community.”

Additional shelter teams and locations are on alert and ready to respond throughout the region as severe weather continues to move through the area.

Due to client privacy, please call Nicole Maul prior to arrival at the shelter to ensure a Public Information Officer will be on site.


The Red Cross wants residents to be ready for disasters big and small, including landslides and flooding. Follow a few safety tips to prepare for, respond to, and recover from severe winter weather:

  • Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family or
  • Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness
  • Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your
  • Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking
  • Before re-entering your home, look outside for loose powerlines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, or other

Find these and more flood or landslide safety tips online at


You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, landslides, and countless others by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross Central California Region

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central California Region provides services to the ten counties across Central California that is home to more than 4 million people. For more information, please visit

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