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County Issues 100-Day Milestone Report Following the 1/9 Debris Flow

The first 100 days


From Disaster to Rescue to Recovery

Santa Barbara County reflects on key milestones in the response and recovery to the 1/9 Debris Flow in this special issue of the County’s Recovery eNews.  Read the 1/9 Debris Flow 100-Day Report here.

Missed the first issue of the Recovery eNews?  Read it here

Weather Information

Storm Information
There are currently no evacuation advisories, warnings or orders for Santa Barbara County.

Insurance, Housing and Rebuilding

Insurance and Rebuilding Resources
Supporting documentation for insurance claims and step-by-step information on the rebuilding process.


Debris Removal

Debris RemovalOptions for debris removal from private property.


Ocean and Beach Safety

Beach status and updates

Most Santa Barbara County ocean waters are safe for entry by residents.


Debris Flow Risk Areas Map

This map shows the areas that are at Extreme Risk or High Risk

Montecito Center for Preparedness, Recovery and Rebuilding

A new center has opened in Montecito as of Thursday, March 8, 2018 and will serve as a central source of support, information and resources for residents, businesses, employees and communities affected by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.

The Montecito Center for Preparedness, Recovery and Rebuilding is located at 1283 Coast Village Circle in the Lower Village of Montecito.

The Center is a community based location where those impacted can access services, obtain information, provide input, voice concerns and get involved in the recovery and rebuilding process. The Center will serve as an important hub for information and efforts that help prepare residents and businesses for future disasters.

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Materials Exchange Website Launched

County Developing Creative Solutions for Debris Removal and Community Recovery in Montecito

A free materials exchange website has been established by Santa Barbara County’s Public Works Department to assist the public to share materials deposited by the devastating debris flows in Montecito in January.

The purpose of this online resource is to facilitate the sharing of materials while limiting the debris going into landfills. The website allows homeowners, contractors, landowners, farmers, and others, inside and outside of Montecito, to connect directly with Montecito residents who have materials on their property that need to be removed.

Visit the Exchange Website / Read the full Press Release

Sandbags Available to the Public

In anticipation of future storms, community members can pick up sandbags at several locations throughout the County. Sandbags are not pre-filled and persons are limited to 25 bags. Please call for current availability.

Santa Barbara Flood Control Shop (Map)
4568 County Rd (Off of Calle Real)
Santa Barbara
(805) 568-3440
Montecito Fire Protection District (More Information)
Lower Manning Park
449 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito
(805) 969-7762

Aware and Prepare Alerts

It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up at If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

Aware and Prepare

Returning to Your Neighborhood: 1/9 debris flow event

This guide provides residents returning to their homes information on home hazards after flood, safe cleaning tips, and more.

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Press Releases and other news relating to the 1/9 debris flow event, meetings and events, and recovery resources.
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Emergency Alerts

It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up today at AwareAndPrepare. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.
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Subcribe to the County of Santa Barbara’s Community Connect newsletter and receive regular updates on meetings, events and other non-emergency information.


Interactive evacuation and damage assessment maps.
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Video Gallery

CSBTV20 broadcast and recorded the Community Meetings and press conferences.
Watch them here as well as some important public service and other video announcements.




Be Storm Ready

Due to the severe burn scar caused by the Thomas and other recent fires, future storms will be a concern for several years until the landscape can heal and re-vegetate.

Currently, the County is working with experts in many disciplines compiling data and research to provide residents with important information that will include an interactive map and the actions you should take to keep you and your family safe.

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Be Radio Ready

Radio Ready

During an emergency when the power is out and when critical and timely information must get out to the general public, the County Office of Emergency Management will utilize satellite equipment to regularly communicate with designated County radio stations that have generators and can continue to broadcast. Visit this link for a list of stations to check if you lose power and cannot access the Internet.

Contact The County

105 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 211