FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team to Be Available at Upper Ojai Valley Debris Removal meeting on January 18

VENTURA, Calif. – An informational meeting has been set in Upper Ojai for residents affected by the Thomas Fire who are seeking debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged or destroyed property. With the January 22 deadline for Right-of-Entry forms approaching, this will be among the final debris-related meetings. The information presented will be applicable to fire victims from all areas of the Thomas Fire.


A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team will be on hand to register homeowners and renters who were impacted by the wildfires, flooding and debris flows. Additional dates and locations for FEMA assistance will be announced as soon as they are known.


The meeting will be held in Upper Ojai:


Thursday, January 18, Summit Elementary School – Hartman Hall

6 p.m.

12525 Ojai/Santa Paula Road, Ojai


During the meetings, residents will hear information from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) about the second phase of the debris removal. After the presentation, representatives from CalRecycle and CalOES will be available for breakout sessions with residents to answer individual questions.


During Phase II, teams from CalRecycle will remove the remaining debris (including building foundations) from properties with destroyed residential structures.


There is no cost to the property owner for this phase of the work, however residents will need to provide right-of-entry (ROE) forms, insurance information and other important paperwork to allow the clean up their property.


It is strongly suggested that residents sign up for this service as soon as possible and submit the proper paperwork to facilitate the safe removal of the debris and ash by CalRecycle. The final deadline to submit the paperwork is January 22, 2018. Copies of the ROE and other forms are available at www.venturacountyrecovers.org and the informational meetings. CalRecycle has an Operations Center at 290 Maple Court, Suite 120 in Ventura. Forms and information are be available there as well as the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center and Ventura City Hall.


The County’s Environmental Health Division is operating a special counter at the Government Center to assist residents with their Right-of-Entry forms and accept paperwork. The counter is open during normal business hours.