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Santa Barbara County does not go “in” or “out” of Fire Season. Rather, our county faces a year round fire threat.  Therefore, being aware of this issue can ensure that you and your family will know how to prepare for, respond to,…

In California, mudslides (also known as landslides) can occur during periods of intense rainfall or rapid snow-melt. They usually start on steep hillsides, liquefy and accelerate down the hill. The debris flow ranges from watery mud to thick,…

Even if you feel you live in a community with a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood.  Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future.  Flood risk isn't just…

The immediate impact an earthquake has over a community ranges from structural damage to properties, rupture in utility lines (gas, water, power, telephone), damage to roads and bridges, communication disruption, food and water storage, and…

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.  A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can create extreme fire behavior.…

All tsunamis are potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage every coastline they strike. Damaging tsunamis are very rare. Our coastlines are vulnerable, but tsunamis are infrequent. Understand the hazard and learn how to protect…

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Tsunami Preparedness Week March 27-31, 2017

Tsunami Preparedness Week in california is March 27-31, 2017! 

Millions of people enjoy California’s wonderful coastline! Whether you live, work, or visit, it is important to be aware that the coastal region is vulnerable to tsunamis. California’s large offshore faults and steep underwater slopes can cause a local tsunami to arrive in minutes. Tsunamis can also travel across the ocean from distant earthquakes.

California tsunami inundation maps show where areas on land can…

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FIRST 5 WELCOMES NEW COMMISSIONERS

Two community leaders have joined the First 5 Commission that oversees and directs the work of First 5 Santa Barbara County! First 5 invests sales tax on cigarettes into local programs and services that help children prenatal through age 5 prepare for kindergarten.

Santa Barbara County Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann, Ph.D., J.D., joined the Commission in February. Prior to her service on the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Hartmann served as Director of the…

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Firefighter Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. March 9, 2017 – The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will hold a graduation ceremony for 18 newly appointed firefighters. The ceremony will be held on Friday March 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

The 18 firefighters have just completed an eight week lateral recruit academy. This was a combined academy with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District. Coordinated and led by…

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