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Brian Uhl's Articles (13)

Maintaining defensible space is critical in stopping a wildfire from destroying your home. Defensible space is part of every homeowner’s responsibility.

The Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) maintains a constant state of readiness and continually monitors incidents and events throughout the County. For information about current major events affecting the area,…

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.…

What is Radio Ready?

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Orfalea Fund’s Aware and Prepare Initiative, and California Concern, a local citizen group, have partnered with designated local radio stations…

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…