El Niño Preparedness

Experts have predicted a wet "El Niño" winter for California. To ensure you are prepared, please take a few moments to review actions you can take to be prepared, before during and after a winter storm. It is everyone's responsibility to "Be Safe, Prepared and not Scared."  Current rainfall totals.

If not already registered for the countywide emergency alert system, please visit
VC Alert to sign up. To get the latest El Niño forecast, please click here. For the current amount of rainfall countywide, please click here.

For information on local emergencies, please visit
VCemergency.com. Other resources include cell phone weather alert notifications and the National Weather Service and weather forecast or what to expect. 

Additional guidance is also provided on the Countywide El Niño Preparedness Page or visit any of the agencies listed below. 


For tips on how to be prepared and where to get sand bags before the rains arrive, please click here  The City has taken several steps in preparation for expected rains this winter. A summary of actions include the following:

  • Cleaned and cleared flood control channels and storm drain inlets throughout the City.
  • Procured over 5,000 sandbags for Citywide use by Public Works Department crews.
  • Tested and secured City equipment, tools, and vehicles  such as dump trucks, backhoes, generators, and portable lights.
  • Identified and mapped locations within the City that are prone to flooding.
  • Inspected and tested drains, gutters and inspected City facilities.
  • Inspected traffic signal battery backup systems.
  • Coordinated storm preparation and planning meetings with Police and Fire Departments, American Red Cross and Park District. 
  • Provided storm preparedness information to local Home Owner Associations.
  • Staged equipment at opposite sides of the City for rapid response.
  • Ensured additional traffic control signs for "Flooded," "Stop," "Detour," and "Road Closed" are in place.
  • Verified water lift stations and wastewater pump stations prone to flooding will remain operational. 
  • Provided additional emergency management training of key city staff assigned a role in the City's Emergency Operations Center.
  • Updated Emergency Operation Center Team procedures and protocols.
  • Updated and posted on the City's website the City's Emergency Operations Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • Identified key staff for keeping the public informed through the use of social media.
  • Updated the City website specific to El Niño storm preparedness and online resources offered by the County Office of Emergency Services.

    The City is responsible for managing, preparing, mitigating and coordinating emergency preparedness efforts for the City. Are you registered on VC Alert? It only takes a few moments and is a valuable tool for notifying you about local emergencies. You can now text "VCALERT" to 313131 on your cell phone and within seconds receive a text message with a link to complete the registration process. For details
    click here.

    The City of Thousand Oaks and County of Ventura recently updated the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan. To review the plan and hazard mitigation maps related to flood zones, dam inundation areas and earthquake faults, please click here. The City of Thousand Oaks Emergency Operations Plan is also available for public review.

For questions regarding the City's Emergency Preparedness Program, please email Grahame Watts at gwatts@toaks.org or call 805 449-2453.

Ventura County Fire Department |

Ventura County American Red Cross |

Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Ready Ventura County - The Ventura County Ready Response Campaign is working in an effort to get families prepared for emergencies. The following attachments are helpful tools to establish a plan for your family.

State Emergency Management Agency -  Use this California Emergency Management Agency website to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce YOUR risk! Remember, the best way to recover from disasters is by reducing the risks before a disaster strikes.

California Great Shakeout - Click on the following link to see how you can sign up to participate in the annual Great California Shakeout.
To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family view slideshow

Thousand Oaks CERT - The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program of volunteers in your local area that focus on preparedness. Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for services typically rendered. The purpose of CERT is to meet immediate life saving, and life sustaining needs.

Thousand Oaks DART - The Disaster Assistance Response Team(DART) is a group of trained citizen volunteers prepared to assist local government and publi safety agencies. DART is called upon by Police, Sheriff, and Fire Departments to assist in emergency and non-emergency situations. Classes are conducted at the Thousand Oaks Police Department. To join DART, please review the class schedule and sign up.

Emergency Radio Communications - During an emergency incident, communications such as landline or cellular phones may not be available. The use of radio communicaion is essential. Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) is a unit of trained volunteers who supply communications assistance to the Conejo Valley and Ventura County, particularly in time of disaster. Their goal is to support the gathering and distribution of information necessary to respond to and recover from a disaster. Volunteers are primarily licensed Amateur Radio Operators. For more information, please visit the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.