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Heat Advisory

Heat Advisory in effect today, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for western Santa Barbara County and Santa Ynez Valley with temps forecast to be in the upper 90s. Temps inside vehicles, even if the windows are partially open, can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. Drink more fluids, keep yourself and your pets cool, and check on your family and neighbors.

PSPS Averted for All Santa Barbara County – Update on October 21, 2019 at 1:50 PM

Southern California Edison (SCE) has notified County officials that electrical circuits in Santa Barbara County are no longer being monitored for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).  All SCE customers were informed that due to current conditions, their area has been removed from PSPS consideration and no electric service will be proactively turned off at this time.  The County will update with new information regarding any potential PSPS events in the future.

Residents are encouraged to stay alert to changing conditions and be prepared for PSPS.  For tips on how to prepare, click here.

Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS)

PSPS Interactive Map

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

Debris Flow Risk Map

Winter Debris Map IconThis map shows the areas that are at risk for debris flows.

Are You Prepared for an Emergency and Potential Evacuation?

Ready-Set-GoRead the Ready! Set! Go! brochure to learn the steps officials will take and how to be prepared. Some storms will be predictable and authorities will be able to provide ample time for the community members to get their home and family READY. However, sometimes a storm can quickly develop and cause a flash flood and debris flow with little or no warning. It is imperative that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are always prepared.

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

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.

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. 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