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Preparing for potential emergencies and disasters

Public Education efforts emphasize programs that specifically target vulnerable populations (including the disabled, elderly, and non-English speaking populations) and programs that focus on all-hazards emergencies.

Various jurisdictions developed their own public education programs to address emergency readiness with key constituencies in their city. Those programs include the City of Carpinteria’s Don’t Panic, Prepare, City of Goleta’s Goleta Prepare Now, Santa Ynez Valley’s Community Emergency Preparedness Program, and City of Santa Maria’s Aware & Prepare Ready Program. In learning the best practices of each jurisdiction's Public Education programs, Santa Barbara County has incorporated them and adopted Aware & Prepare as the name for the Public Education and Awareness program for Santa Barbara County.

ASSOCIATED PROJECTS

LISTOS: Listos is a grass-roots disaster preparedness program that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of Spanish-speaking communities. 

READY, SET, GO! WILDFIRE PREVENTION: This plan provides a strategic approach and a specific action plan to aid Santa Barbara County Fire Departments and other agencies in Southern California in creating communications to reach each its target audiences with a single unified message.  This plan is endorsed by the Santa Barbara County Fire Chief’s Association. 

CERT: The CERT Program educates individuals about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster preparedness response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. 

PUBLIC EDUCATION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS: Public Awareness is a key priority of the Aware & Prepare Initiative, and this campaign constantly works to develop new materials and methods to demonstrate and publicize preparedness.

GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS: Have you taken a few minutes to get acquainted with your neighbors? They can be a safety net for you in the event of an emergency. Personal connections make strong neighborhoods, which leads to a safer and more vibrant community. A key to successful emergency and disaster preparedness is to not only prepare your family for an emergency, but also to organize a meeting with your neighbors to discuss how you can respond effectively during a time of crisis.