If disaster strikes you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. By taking time now to prepare emergency water, food and disaster supplies kit, you can provide for your entire family.

Santa Barbara County emergency responders use several methods to communicate to their residents during emergencies. An important communication tool is the emergency telephone notification system; Reverse 9-1-1

Ryan Rockabrand, Director of Emergency Management for the County of Santa Barbara graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Emergency Management Leaders Academy at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) on October 23, 2014, along with twenty eight other participants of Cohort I.

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That's the message behind this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"

The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America's PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provided valuable preparedness information to visitors at the Lemon Festival, September 20th through 21st , and participated in America's PrepareAthon!, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Thursday and Friday, September 18th-19th, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provided training to the Lompoc Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff. The City coordinated the training in response to the recent Miguelito Fire and in preparation for various upcoming drills and exercises.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. Make sure that the kit is physically located near an exterior door that is accessible should an event like an earthquake make the structure unsafe to enter.

This is the second week of National Preparedness Month and to align itself with the week 2 theme the County of Santa Barbara is encouraging individuals, families, businesses and organizations to know how to plan for specific needs before a Disaster.

September is National Preparedness Month and the County of Santa Barbara is joining the nationwide effort to encourage individuals, families, businesses and organizations to prepare for emergencies by getting a kit, making a plan, staying informed and getting involved in their local community.

Agustin Zeferino, a 24 year old male, has a contagious case of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Without proper treatment, Mr. Zeferino's condition poses a serious health risk to individuals who come into close contact with him, as tuberculosis is spread through the air from one person to another.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinated a National School Hostage Virtual Tabletop exercise in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). Participants included: OEM, Fire, Sheriff, local school representatives, UCSB, and other various agency representatives.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in partnership with the University of California Santa Barbara Emergency Services Program presented on emergency management topics at the 2014 Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) Conference.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director, Ryan Rockabrand, was honored to participate in a national event which brought together leading technologists, entrepreneurs, and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools capable of making tangible impacts in the lives of survivors of large-scale emergencies.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provided valuable preparedness information to visitors at the Santa Barbara County Fair, July 9th through 13th, and concurrently participated in America's PrepareAthon!, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 10, 2014 for the unveiling of 7 new seismic sensors throughout the County, one of which is now installed at the Emergency Operations Center. These sensors serve as the newest additions to the U.S. Geologic Survey's Early Earthquake Warning System Project currently being tested in beta phase.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) deployed an Information Collection, Analysis & Dissemination (ICAD) Team to Galveston, Texas to study best practices and lessons learned after a catastrophic incident. The event, referred to the "Texas City "Y" Incident," occurred on March 22, 2014 when a 585 foot bulk carrier collided with an oil tank barge containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil.

On Wednesday, June 18th, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) participated in the annual joint agency Coastal Trident Exercise. The exercise is organized by the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Asymmetrical Warfare and focuses on coastal threats and security. Participants in this exercise included agencies such as the Navy, Coast Guard, FBI, and emergency management, firefighting, and law enforcement professionals from San Luis Obispo to San Diego Counties. This exercise focused on a maritime terrorist threat targeting Port Hueneme.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) Homeland Security Executive Education Seminar conducted by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Mobile Education Team (MET) on Thursday, 5 June 2014. Participants in the seminar included executives and managers from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office, Santa Barbara County Departments and City Managers from around the County. The seminar featured a MET-led discussion panel focused on "Assessing Risk and Managing Catastrophic Events".

Following the tragic events in Isla Vista of Friday, May 23th, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinated a series of policy group efforts with Santa Barbara executive staff, Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). Participating County staff included the elected officials, Supervisor Farr and Supervisor Wolf, County Executive Office, OEM, Public Health Department, Sheriff/Coroner, Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services, and County Counsel. The policy group coordinated all available support to the Isla Vista community, response agencies, and provided as much information as possible without compromising the Sheriff's Department operations or investigation. OEM supported the Sheriff's Department throughout the event including the late afternoon press conference covered by many local and national media outlets.

Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staff attended the annual National Homeland Security Conference in Philadelphia, an event specifically designed to highlight trends and topics in Homeland Security and bring practitioners from various disciplines within the Homeland Security enterprise together to share best practices and lessons learned.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinated a virtual tabletop exercise in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on May 21st at the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management staff participated with San Luis Obispo County staff and related agencies in a training drill near Port San Luis and other parts of San Luis Obispo. The activities, many of which were designed to promote and improve coordination and cooperation in a multi-jurisdiction and multi-agency environment, was evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of a multi-year training and exercise program.

On 13 May 2014, a wild land fire south of Lompoc, CA near San Miguelito Rd was being pushed by northbound winds toward populated areas on the southern edge of the city. The 600-acre wild fire, named the "Miguelito Fire" by the Incident Command, threatened several hundred homes and prompted the evacuation of more than 1,200 residents of the city.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) hosted a two-day course, Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning, which was attended by jurisdictional and county emergency planners from Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management Director Ryan Rockabrand was appointed on May 1st, 2014 to the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) Advisory Committee. CISN is a partnership among federal, state, and university agencies involved in California earthquake monitoring.

Last week, Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director Ryan Rockabrand participated in a National Association of Counties (NACo) county leadership forum that focused on regional economic resiliency, long-term planning, response and recovery efforts and partnerships with community and regional stakeholders.

The Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Mark Ghilarducci, on behalf of the State Drought Task Force, met with Santa Barbara County representatives today to discuss the county's current drought conditions. Currently the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and most municipalities have proclaimed local drought emergencies due to reduced water inventories and three successive lower than normal rain years.

Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) staff participated in the FBI's Pacific Region Information Sharing Initiative Program, a public private partnership designed to improve intelligence and information sharing among private organizations and public homeland security agencies.

Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management staff participated with San Luis Obispo County staff and related agencies in a training event near Port San Luis and other parts of San Luis Obispo.

the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinated a National Cyber-Security tabletop exercise in conjunction with FEMA and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). OEM invited all of the County information technology departments, many of which were well represented at the exercise which had nearly two dozen personnel in attendance on site, and nearly 140 emergency management and information technology personnel participating nationwide.

The annual California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO) came to Santa Barbara April 8th, kicking off four days of training and presentations aimed at honing the skills of information professionals throughout California.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in cooperation with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) hosted a three-day Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training Course, March 17-19, 2014.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management participated in the National Association of Counties' (NACo) renewable energy forum, "Powering County Resilience: Renewable Energy Solutions," March 20-22, in Santa Barbara, Calif. The forum provided county leaders and partners an opportunity to share information on implementing renewable energy strategies within their communities.

Ryan Rockabrand and Jay McAmis were 2 of 75 candidates who were approved by the North American Application Review Commission during the February 20-22, 2014 review meeting to receive the Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM®) credential.

Santa Barbara County officials conducted a media briefing at Lake Cachuma on Friday, February 14, 2014 to inform the public of the County's response to current drought conditions.

With its beautiful beaches and breathtaking coastline, Santa Barbara County will be recognized on April 1 by NOAA's National Weather Service as both StormReady® and TsunamiReady™.

Today the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinated a National wildfire tabletop exercise in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

This week the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in coordination with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) hosted a 1-day course, "Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery," at the County Emergency Operations Center.

The Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is currently at a Level Two Activation in support of the County's drought emergency proclamation. Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency on January 17, 2014; the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors followed with a proclamation of local emergency on January 21, 2014.

At yesterday's meeting of the Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC), the group participated in a Table Top Exercise facilitated by Santa Barbara County Emergency Manager Joe Guzzardi.

On January 15, 2014, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Declared 27 Counties in California, including Santa Barbara County, be designated as primary natural disaster areas due to drought conditions.

This week the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management hosted a 5-day training to certify 30 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff members for response efforts during all-hazards events.