On Tuesday, July 28th at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management and Santa Barbara County Fire Department in coordination with Venoco Inc. will conduct an annual full siren test of the Emergency Warning and Notification System at the Venoco Ellwood Onshore Facility.

The public has expressed a passionate commitment to the environment and wildlife through requests to volunteer to help with Refugio Incident. Volunteers from the general public will be used to assist with beach clean-up and various tasks over the next several days.

The public has expressed a passionate commitment to the environment and wildlife through requests to volunteer to help with Refugio Incident. Volunteers from the general public will be used to assist with beach clean-up and various tasks over the next several days.

Santa Barbara County remains actively involved in the response to the Refugio Oil Spill. Multiple County departments are working around the clock, in the field and at the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which is operating under a Unified Command structure with the Environmental Protection Agency and United States Coast Guard as the lead agencies.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management initiated a Level III activation of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Thursday, May 21, 2015. On May 19, 2015 the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management established Unified Command along with the United States Coast Guard, California Fish & Wildlife, State Parks, and the Responsible Party Plains All-American Pipeline, in response to an oil spill incident near Refugio State Beach

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has appointed a new Deputy Director. Robert M. Troy will primarily oversee day-to-day operations of the Emergency Operations Center and represent the Director in his absence.