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Preparing for potential emergencies and disasters

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinated the preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery functions related to emergencies and disasters, and also provide support to incidents, city emergency operation centers (EOCs), and Department Operations Centers (DOCs).

OEM also coordinates with an array of public and private partners - including volunteer and nonprofit groups - before, during and after emergencies. By developing strong public-private relationships, we ensure that facilities (including the Emergency Operations Center) and capabilities for community leadership to provide command, control and coordination of disaster response activities are effective and efficient.

One key project encompassed by this priority is the prioritization and significant contribution towards the approval and construction of a designated county Emergency Operations Center (EOC).


Santa Barbara County VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)

Santa Barbara County VOAD fosters communication and collaboration among organizations throughout the county to increase disaster preparedness and to improve services to people affected by disasters. 

VOAD encourages and provides the following:

  • Education. Training to increase disaster preparedness of organizations and community members.
  • Convening. Meetings, workshops, and local conferences to enhance preparedness.
  • Outreach. Guidance to organizations that already are or want to become active in disaster relief.
  • Mitigation. Support for efforts of federal, state, and local agencies

For more information about VOAD, go to: http://www.voadsbc.org/