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Video of Cave Fire Informational Winter Storm Preparedness Meeting Now Available

VIDEO available of the Cave Fire Information and Winter Preparedness Community Meeting held December 19 to provide an overview of the Cave Fire burn area, Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) and Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT) technical expert reports, winter weather outlook, and public safety considerations. The video can be viewed on the County’s YouTube channel at “CSBTV20” or link to:

FEMA Issues News Release on Greater Flood Risk for Santa Barbara Burn Areas

As Santa Barbara County recovers from recent wildfires, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – administrator of the National Flood Insurance Program – cautions residents living in and around the wildfire burn area about the increased risk of flash flooding and mudflows and urges them to purchase flood insurance now.

Click here to read the full release.

Thomas Fire Storm Impact Considerations Map

Updated December 2019.

A recording of the December 5 community meeting on the Thomas Fire Storm Impact Considerations Map is available on the County’s Youtube channel “CSBTV20”, or by clicking here.

FEMA 100- and 500-year Flood Risk Map

This map depicts the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 100- and 500-year flood risk zones for Santa Barbara County.  Residents should be aware that flood risk is higher in and below recent wildfire burn scars.  Enter an address into the map to determine whether your home, business or places you visit are located within a flood zone.

Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS)

PSPS Interactive Map

Please click here to view the Public Safety Power Shutoff Interactive Map.

Rebuild and Repair

Insurance and Rebuilding Resources
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.


Maps Interactive and standard maps from the County and FEMA.

Aware and Prepare

Local Emergency Alerts

It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive local emergency alerts.  Click the button on the left to sign up. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow


Thomas Fire 1/9 Debris Flow After Action ReportThe purpose of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow After-Action Report and Improvement Plan is to identify lessons learned, strengths, and opportunities for improvement associated with the Santa Barbara County (County) emergency operations center’s (EOC’s) response to the Thomas Fire, which began on December 4, 2017 and reached the border of Santa Barbara County on December 9, 2017, and the associated debris flow that occurred on January 9, 2018.


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.  Click here to sign up todayIf 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