Various materials have been put together by Santa Barbara County’s Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) to help you prepare during an emergency. Community Partners in Caring (CPC) is an active member of VOAD. During the wildfires, designated CPC staff picked-up smoke masks and distributed them to seniors, made them available to volunteers, and sent out updates regarding the fire and air quality. We all need to do our part to keep ourselves and our community safe. Please click on the VOAD logo below to enter their site.

At the VOAD site, you can download Emergency Planning Forms to help you prepare for an emergency. Through their site, you will also learn how to create an emergency supply kit and what should be in it, how to stay safe at home, what should be in your “grab and go” kit, and the importance of creating a family disaster plan that includes a communication plan. They also have a presentation you can view from their site that explains how you can prepare yourself and your family from the most common types of disasters in Santa Barbara County. To see the presentation, click here and then scroll down to “Emergency Preparedness Presentation.”

For life threatening emergencies, always call 911

Useful Links

Ready Santa Barbara County
Preparedness information from Santa Barbara County

National VOAD

California VOAD

Aware & Prepare

Office of Emergency Management
The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management is responsible for emergency planning and coordination for the Santa Barbara Operational Area.

Emergency Preparedness Information
Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed. Prepare for emergencies before they happen.

Contact the County Fire Department.

Law Enforcement
Contact the County Sheriff’s Department.

Behavioral Wellness
Go to the Behavioral Wellness web site.

Violence and Abuse
Resources for victims of child abuse, spousal abuse, and elder abuse.

211 Help Line
Non-emergency information and referral, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention.

Medical and Personal Emergencies
Information concerning medical and other emergencies.

Important phone numbers in the event of an emergency.

Food and Shelter
Information about food banks and community kitchens.

Other Natural Disasters
Links relating to storms, floods and other natural disasters.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets
Plan ahead for your pet in case of an emergency

Diablo Nuclear Power Plant Emergency Planning Information