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COVID-19: RecoverySBC

Santa Barbara County has published the Reopening In Safe Environment (RISE) GUIDE, a collaboration with a countywide community recovery team to safely reopen society and our economy within the framework of Governor Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap for phased reopening. 
To access the RISE Guide and learn more about federal, state and local assistance programs available to small business owners, employers, employees and residents, click here.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Image of the COVID-19 Virus

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) is working closely with the California Department of Public Health and the CDC to respond to the outbreak of this novel Coronavirus.

To learn more about local preparedness efforts, click here to visit the SBCPHD Coronavirus webpage.

Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS)

PSPS Interactive Map

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

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.

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.

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.

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