Take 5

Take 5

The intensity of the Thomas Fire left our mountains with little or no vegetation. The threat of flash floods and debris flows is now 10 times greater in your community than before the fire-they can happen with little or no warning. It is imperative that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are prepared. Do not delay in taking action to protect you, your family and your property.

1 SIGN-UP for alerts.

If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

Aware and PrepareSign up now for Aware & Prepare alerts to receive official alerts in the event of an emergency. We will alert you via your choice of cell phone, text, landline or email.

2 GO to the map

Understand the danger that potential future debris flows could have on your home.

Debris Flow Risk Areas

Visit Santa Barbara County’s debris flow risk area map to find out if your home is located in one of the risk areas and what you need to do. For residents who do not have access to the internet, call 211 or toll-free at (800) 400-1572.

3 UNDERSTAND the 72-Hour storm evacuation timeline

Understand the timeline and evacuation information

Evacuation TimelineThere are different levels of evacuation notification depending upon the impending storm and where you live. Visit the County’s interactive map to learn what these notifications mean for you.

4 PLAN for evacuation and be ready to go

Make a Disaster Checklist

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Have a shelter plan and be prepared to leave before roads, creeks and waterways are flowing, or go to a neighbor on high ground or shelter in-place.
  • Know your evacuation routes and local access roads and understand that some may be blocked by debris. Have an alternate plan or route. Mudslides can occur even days after a storm when the ground is saturated.
  • Learn how to prepare for a flood. Consider installing sandbags, straw wattles (rolled erosion control netting filled with straw), and other methods to divert water and reduce erosion on your property. Santa Barbara County Public Works offers sandbags. For locations and information, call County Flood Control at 805-568-3440 or go to www.countyofsb.org/pwd/sandbag.sbc

5 KNOW your neighbors

Working together to be prepared could save a life. Radio Ready
  • Get to know your neighbors and consider exchanging contact information to share information and check status.
  • NEVER drive or walk into floodwaters or go around barricades. It is impossible to know how deep the water is just by looking at it.
  • Be Radio Ready! During an emergency when the power is out and when critical and timely information is needed these stations will transmit this information over their airways in English or Spanish.


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