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Storm Readiness

Be Storm Ready

The intensity of the Thomas Fire left our mountains with little or no vegetation to prevent the slopes from sliding. With the immediate approach of winter storms, the threat of flash floods and debris flows is now 10 times greater in your community than before the fire – they can happen with little or no warning. Officials may only be able to alert the public with just a few minutes notice, or none at all. It is imperative that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are prepared. Do not delay in taking action to protect you, your family and your property. To determine if your property is in a risk area, please refer to this interactive map. For residents who do not have access to the Internet, call 211 or (800) 400-1572.

10 Steps to Protect Yourself Now

With the immediate approach of winter storms, the threat of flash floods and debris flows is now 10 times greater in your community than before the fire – they can happen with little or no warning.

Aware & Prepare Alerts

It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up at www.AwareAndPrepare.org. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

Aware and Prepare

Debris Flow Risk Areas Map

This map shows the areas that are at Extreme Risk OR High Risk for Debris flows and flooding.

Map Legend | Evacuation Definitions | 72-Hour Evacuation Timeline


County, State and FEMA

Resources, Documents, and Data

Learn about the County’s rainfall and storm monitoring systems, Hydrology reports, FEMA Floodplain data and more.

> The Homeowners Guide to Flood Preparations ( Español

> Go to the Document Center

> Information and Resources


Countywide Coverage

Rainfall, River and Reservoir Monitoring

Near real-time Rainfall, River, and Reservoir Information from more than 50 gauges located throughout the County

> View Reports and Maps 


Protect What Matters 

Flood
Insurance

Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding. There is typically a 30-day wait period between when you buy a flood insurance policy and when it goes into effect, but there are some exceptions. Learn how to protect yourself financially.

> Visit FloodSmart.gov 

> Additional Insurance Information


National Weather Service Warning System:

The National Weather Service issues weather advisories and watches when the weather forecast indicates there is a potential for hazardous conditions. Watches and advisories are shared online at https://www.weather.gov/alerts,and on the National Weather Service social media Facebook and Twitter feeds.

The National Weather Service will issue a Warning if hazardous conditions are imminent or occurring within the burn areas. The National Weather Service sends Warnings over the Wireless Emergency Alerts system that will send a message to all cell phones in the burn areas and will also send out alerts through the Emergency Alert System that broadcasts on radios and televisions.

National Weather Service Interactive Map

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South County:

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Contact The County

105 E. Anpamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (833) 688-5551