Santa Barbara County 2022 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Project Description

The County of Santa Barbara is updating its Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP). The purpose of the MJHMP Update is to improve disaster preparedness and reduce or eliminate risks to community, life, and property. The MJHMP was last updated in 2017 and this update will apply beginning in 2022. To review the 2017 MJHMP, click here.

The MJHMP Update will identify local hazards and mitigation measures available to reduce associated risks. “Mitigation measures” include actions or policies implemented to reduce or minimize

the potential for an adverse impact, such as establishing fire safety setbacks to reduce the potential for a fire to spread.

The MJHMP Update will address hazard mitigation planning all participating agencies, including several key components:

  • Capability Assessment: Provides a detailed overview of the plans and programs that manage and respond to potential hazards.
  • Hazards Assessment: Compiles the most updated data related to the County’s potential hazards, such as fire hazard, coastal erosion, and flooding hazard zones.
  • Vulnerability Assessment: Identifies areas of the County that are vulnerable to one or more known hazards or lack protective infrastructure.
  • Mitigation Strategies: Details and prioritizes plans and projects to reduce the potential impacts of known hazards.

The MJHMP Update includes coordination within the County and with our 8 local cities, as well as 5 special districts (Cachuma Operations and Maintenance Board, Carpinteria Valley Water District, Montecito Fire Protection District, Montecito Water District, and the Santa Maria Valley Water Conservation District). The MJHMP will also be supported and reviewed by the State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

How to Participate

Join Our Mailing List

Click here to receive information on how to stay involved in this important project, including upcoming community workshops in 2021.

Attend a Public Workshop

Our first public workshop took place on April 7, 2021!  Click Here to view the recording of that event.

Thank you to those who attended our second public workshop, which focused on mitigation strategies, on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 5:30pm.  This virtual event will be made available on YouTube in the coming days.  Once it is uploaded to YouTube, a hyperlink to access the video will be posted to this website as it was for the first public workshop.  Check back soon for access to this video!

Survey Closed as of September 15, 2021

Thank you to those who participated in the public survey for this project!  Your feedback will be instrumental to the development of the MJHMP.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2021
    • Community outreach and data gathering
  • Summer/Fall 2021
    • Comprehensive MJHMP update and participating agency coordination
  • Winter 2021/2022
    • Draft MJHMP Update
  • Spring 2022
    • Final MJHMP Update
  • Summer 2022
    • FEMA/CalOES approval
    • Local adoption of 2022 MJHMP



Contact Office of Emergency Management

4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: 805-681-5526
Alisal Fire Recovery Information and Resources
Información y recursos de recuperación para el Incendio Alisal