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Community Partners

Communities benefit greatly from public-private collaboration, especially in times of emergency. Through public-private partnerships both government and the private sector can:

  • Enhance situational awareness
  • Improve decision making
  • Access more resources
  • Expand reach and access for communication efforts
  • Improve coordination with other efforts by segments of the private sector
  • Increase the effectiveness of emergency management efforts
  • Maintain strong relationships, built on mutual understanding
  • Create more resilient communities

There are numerous groups that work together before, during and after emergencies and disasters. These include but are not limited to:

  • American Red Cross (Pacific Coast Chapter) - The American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast has been serving Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties since 1917. Every day Red Cross volunteers turn compassion into action through a diverse array of programs and services. Whether it’s a single house fire or global conflict, they respond with food, shelter, and hope. For more inf, click here: American red Cross Pacific Coast Chapter

  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) - The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is part of the Amateur Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) extensive volunteer field organization dedicated to public service. ARES is comprised of amateur radio operators who volunteer to provide a resource of trained operators for reliable primary or secondary communications links for governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. For more info, click here: Amateur Radio Emergency Services
  • Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) – The Santa Barbara County CAER group includes industry, utilities, emergency assistance organizations, government agencies, environmental organizations, and community representatives who collaborate to prepare for disasters involving hazardous materials, and risks to the community. For more info, click here: Community Awareness Emergency Response
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) – CERTs educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. For more info go to Community Emergency Response Teams 
  • Listos (Juntos Hacemos La Differencia) - Listos is a grass-roots disaster preparedness program that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of Spanish-speaking communities. Listos partners with community leaders, jurisdictions, non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools, and other community institutions. By partnering with these organizations, Listos provides disaster preparedness information to the Spanish-speaking community. With a basic understanding of ICS (Incident Command Structure), Listos can instruct the participants in the command structure of First Responders, ensuring communication between Listos graduates and firefighters and police in the event of an emergency. For more info, click here: Listos (Juntos Hacemos La Differencia)

  • Medical Reserve Corps Santa Barbara County (MRC) –The MRC is comprised of organized medical and public health professionals who serve as volunteers to respond to natural disasters and emergencies. These volunteers assist communities nationwide during emergencies and for ongoing efforts in public health. For more info, click here: Medical Reserve Corps

  • Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) – VOAD is dedicated to improving outcomes for residents affected by disasters and fostering the “Four Cs” – cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration – among nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit companies that are active in disasters. For more info, click here: Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

  • Santa Barbara Equine Assistance & Evacuation Team, Inc – The Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team assists all Santa Barbara County emergency responding agencies and large animal owners in the evacuation, temporary care and sheltering of large animals in time of fire, flood, earthquake and other disasters or accidents. Volunteers are trained and registered Disaster Service Workers under the Office of Emergency Services in California. For more info, click here: Santa Barbara Equine Assistance & Evacuation Team, Inc

  • Santa Barbara Human Society - The Santa Barbara Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of animals and strives to provide a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats until they are able to find forever homes. Their original purpose of prevention, protection and education remains a priority of the Humane Society to this day. SB Humane also has a trained Technical Large Animal Rescue Team that provides emergency response for the community, whether that involves rescuing horses from an accident, or responding to a large-scale emergency such as the Gibraltar Fire. For more info, click here: Santa Barbara Human Society