Woolsey Fire Resources
The City is here for you to reach out to during this trying time. The best way to get the most current information regarding this event is to sign up for our free notifications system by clicking on the Notify Me icon on the left-hand side and selecting "Emergency Alerts". You can sign up for text or e-mail notifications through this system. Additionally, the City's Facebook page also publishes important information. The City will continue to update this page with additional resource information as it becomes available. A local Disaster Recovery Center is currently being put together. As soon as the location and resources are finalized and it is activated, we will send out an alert to residents. This Center will be a place where numerous resources can be found in one area for those impacted. The City continues to be active in its Emergency Operations Center and carefully watching the Woolsey Fire and any additional fires that may be active in the area.
In these challenging times, the City encourages you to be kind to your neighbors. Please remember that some of them have lost their homes, the entire City was evacuated for many days, school was closed for 2 weeks, and anxiety levels and stress are high.
Rains Are Anticipated- How Can I Be Prepared?
Please visit our new page regarding preparations for flood and mudslides. You may also look at the resource document section below.
Important Items for Residents
1) If you have experienced damage or loss, contact your insurance company first and as soon as possible to begin the recovery process.
2) After reaching out to your insurance company, residents may reach out to FEMA by filling out the online form by visiting here. Residents may also reach FEMA by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585.
3) If you see any new fires or downed power lines, please contact 911 immediately.
4) To prepare for the upcoming rainy season, free sandbags and sand are available at Fire Station #144. These are empty sand bags that need to be filled before taking home.
5) Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during this time due to the high presence of ash.
6) Please alert your gardeners to not blow ash into the air but to wet, sweep, and dispose of ash for air quality purposes.
7) The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District has implemented a program to help people who have lost their homes with their water and sewer bills. Please contact the LVMWD Customer Care staff at 818-251-2100 for more information.
FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM DOCUMENTS
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORMS: December 31, 2018
UPDATES PRESENTED AT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
November 14, 2018 Regular Meeting:
November 28, 2018 Regular Meeting:
WAYS TO GIVE BACK
Residents are looking to give back and there are many programs out there for you to choose from. Please make sure to confirm that the funding sites and donation site and locations are from a well known organization as some people use this time to take advantage of people wanting to give back. The City would like to thank the organizations and residents that are collecting items, funds, and food for the victims of the Woolsey Fire, the Borderline Tragedy, and the first responders.
City of Westlake Village Adopt-A-Family Program
As a way for the City to give back, we have just launched our City of Westlake Village Adopt-a-Family item collection program. Interested supporters may view the family wish lists by clicking here. Updated on 12/10/18 at 3:58 pm. Once you select one or more items to provide, please email Brianne Anderson at email@example.com so the items can be removed from the list. Items may be dropped off at City Hall before the 14th of December or if items are purchased online may be sent to City Hall by December 14 with a note of what wish list family number it is connected to. The City is so humbled by the amount of residents looking to assist their neighbors in the City of Westlake Village. There will be a table at the Holiday Sing-a-Long where items may be dropped off or purchased that evening and dropped at the table. If you are a local business and looking to donate gift cards, meals, or product please reach out to Brianne Anderson, Community Services Manager at 818-706-1613 or call 818-706-1613. The families are listed by number to protect their privacy during this trying time. Thank you for supporting your neighbors and for helping to turn December and the upcoming year around for these residents. Cash donations are not accepted by the City. Please look to the organizations below for ways to provide financial support to the region and directly to your neighbors.
The following are local non-profits collecting funds or items:
California Strong A Program in conjunction with the Southeast Ventura County YMCA raising money and awareness to support those affected by the Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks, the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Southern California.
Village Rising - A Non-profit started by a resident to directly assist the families in Westlake Village who lost their homes. Our mission is to help local (CA) families restore their sense of normalcy ASAP. This site is to provide financial support which will be passed on to the residents.
Chabad of the Conejo- A distribution center will serve those impacted by the Woolsey and Hill fires. The center, at 30345 Canwood St. in Agoura Hills, is collecting items to be distributed. Organizers are hoping to collect gift cards, children’s gear like strollers and high chairs, clothing that is new or in good condition, phone chargers, toiletries and hotel or motel vouchers. Those wishing to donate or pick up supplies can come to the center daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, contact Rabbi Moshe Bryski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 818-991-0991.
Facility Closure Updates
1) Westlake Community Park is currently closed for park use and open for fire truck traffic only. Due to heavy ash levels and cleaning requirements. Please remain outside of the park until it has been cleared for safety reasons. The City is working hard to open as soon as it can but the work may take until early to mid December.
2) Parts of Three Springs and Canyon Oaks Parks are closed and marked with caution tape and barricades. Please avoid these areas.
3) The LA County Westlake Library is currently closed and will re-open November 28.
4) The Westlake Village Community Rooms are closed for classes, meetings, and other activities. Rooms will reopen on November 28.
5) All sports fields are closed for reservations for an indefinite period of time.