CAISO Issues Stage 2 Warning for Rotating Outages; Excessive Heat Warnings, Red Flag Warning in effect for Santa Barbara County; Cooling Centers Available

CAISO Issues Stage 2 Warning

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has declared a WARNING due to fires throughout the state today.  Rotating outages may begin if the CAISO declares a stage 3 emergency, most likely during peak hours today Saturday 9/5 until 11pm tonight. Rotating outages typically last one hour.


Cooling Centers Available

Cooling centers are free, indoor air-conditioned locations where you can keep cool when there are extreme heat weather conditions.  All cooling centers will employ social distancing measures.  Masks are required.

      Santa Maria

  • Santa Maria Town Center Mall – 371 Town Center East, Santa Maria
  • Open Saturday 9/5, Sunday 9/6 and Monday 9/7
  • Hours of Operation each day: 11am-7pm


  • Jonata Middle School Gymnasium – 301 Second St, Buellton
  • Open Saturday 9/5, Sunday 9/6 and Monday 9/7
  • Hours of Operation each day: 12pm-8pm

      Santa Barbara

  • Westside Community Center Auditorium – 423 West Victoria St, Santa Barbara
  • Targeted to seniors and individuals with disabilities and other access and functional needs
  • Open Sunday 9/6
  • Hours of Operation: 12pm-8pm


Excessive Heat Warning

Excessive heat warnings are in effect across all of Santa Barbara County due to high temperatures.  Drink water and keep your family, including your pets, cool and hydrated.  More info:



Precautions and Tips to Stay Cool

  • Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or be able to react accordingly – especially the elderly, young children, and pets. Check on your neighbors.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Lightweight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing works best.
  • Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. If you have fluid restrictions from your doctor, ask to see how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Limit outdoor activity. Try to schedule outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day, like morning and evening hours. Be sure to wear sunscreen and rest often.
  • Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room. A few hours in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler. Taking a cool shower or bath can help too.
  • If you do not have airconditioning, consider arranging to spend at least parts of the day, in a socially distanced manner and with a face covering, at another space that is cool. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • For those who work outside, be sure to take frequent rest breaks in a shaded area or air-conditioned room, if possible. Stay hydrated and take action by moving to a cooler space if you feel signs of heat exhaustion.
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin. With heat stroke, the person often stops sweating and the skin will be unusually dry. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is life threatening!
  • Do not leave children (and pets) unattended in vehicles. It only takes a matter of minutes on a relatively mild day for a vehicle to reach deadly temperatures.


Red Flag Warning

The National Weather Service has upgraded the fire weather watch to a red flag warning for Santa Barbara County mountains and the south coast due to forecast evening sundowner winds, low humidity, and very high temperatures.  This red flag warning is effective Saturday evening (tonight – 9/5) and is expected to last through at least Monday night (9/7). Avoid hazardous activities that may cause sparks or start a wildfire. More info:

Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526
UPDATE Tsunami Advisory has been cancelled
Adviso de Tsunami ha sido cancelada