IVCSD encourages all residents to be prepared for various emergencies. Please find Santa Barbara County emergency preparedness resources here.
Visit ready.gov a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.
Local County Resources
- Santa Barbara County Fire Department
- Santa Barbara County Sheriff
- Emergency Management
- Non-emergencies, call (805) 969-7762
- Animal Services
- Be sure you are signed up for local emergency alerts with both Santa Barbara County and the City of Goleta.
- Make a family communication plan and talk to your kids about emergencies that could happen at home and away. Resources for kids, teens, and the whole family are available here.
- Build a Kit: The key is to personalize your kit based on your needs, your family need, and any pet needs. Think about dietary restrictions, prescription medications, important documents, and pictures. Create a Go-Bag, a bag meant to be stored away somewhere safe but can be accessed at a moment's notice. Learn how to build a kit here.
- Create a commuter plan, found here.
- Download the FEMA app on your smartphone by searching in the App Store.
- Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan in English and Additional Languages
- Family Communication Plan Fillable Card in English and Additional Languages
- Individuals Living with Disabilities/Varying Access Needs
- American Safety and Health Institute Planning For an Emergency: Individuals with Disabilities
- Know Your Alerts and Warnings in English and Additional Languages
- 12 Ways to Prepare in English and Additional Languages
- Document and Insure Your Property in English and Additional Languages
- Safeguard Critical Documents and Valuables in English and Additional Languages
Santa Barbara County’s 211 Website
2-1-1 is a comprehensive information database connecting people quickly and effectively to health and human services, disaster relief, and public information depending on an individual's zip code. Some of these primary resource support categories include housing, food, financial support, senior, child, and family support, employment, and mental wellness. To learn more or search for various health providers in your local area, please click here, or call (800) 400-1572.
Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) within the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Given that many underserved communities, including individuals living with disabilities, are disproportionately impacted by emergencies and disasters, the OAFN’s mission is to “identify the needs of individuals with disabilities and others with access or functional needs before, during, and after disasters and to integrate them into the State's emergency management systems.” To read more about the OAFN’s continual work, please visit here.
Their webpage also provides a comprehensive resource library that describes various areas and subcategories of emergency planning and support (ex. sheltering, COVID-19, transportation guidelines)
For general inquiries, questions, and concerns please visit the OAFN website or contact the Santa Barbara County Office. For more information about the Office of Access and Functional Needs, you can listen to the All Hazards podcast here.
California Foundation for Independent Living Center (CFILC): Disability Disaster Access & Community Resources
The mission of this coalition was created by and for the disability community, providing comprehensive outreach and resources to prepare all community members before, during, and after emergencies occur.
To learn more about their workshops, read their resource guides, or apply to their services, please visit their homepage here.
- CFILC Phone: (916) 737-5311
- Join their Various Mailing Lists here
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (The Partnership) is the only U.S. disability-led organization that prioritizes equity, access, disability rights, disability justice, and full inclusion of people with disabilities, older adults, and people with access and functional needs (AFN) before, during and after disasters and emergencies. To learn more, visit their website here.