2018 Press Releases

OFICINA EJECUTIVA DEL CONDADO 105 E. Anapamu St., Fourth Floor, Santa Brbara CA 93101 (805) 568-3400 FAX (805) 568-3414 Actualizacin de incidente 22 de marzo del 2018 Contacto: Centro de informacin conjunto del condado de Santa Brbara 805-696-1188 solo prensaActualizacin de la tormenta: 22 de marzo, 6 a.m. Aumento sign


The National Weather Service is anticipating storm intensity to increase significantly beginning Thursday morning (March 22) and continuing through the early Friday countywide. Rainfall rates will range from half-inch to one-inch per hour with rates in excess of one-inch per hour during thunderstorms. The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management issued a storm update and Aware and Prepare alert to residents countywide at 5:20 a.m.

The National Weather Service is anticipating higher intensity rainfall later today (Wednesday, March 21) into Thursday, March 22. Public safety officials are asking the community to remain vigilant and understand the potential strength of this storm.

All Santa Barbara County south coast fire and law enforcement agencies have come together in preparation of the major winter storm arriving tonight. Over the next 24 hours these agencies will be increasing response capabilities with additional personnel and equipment.

Santa Barbara County officials announced today (March 20) that debris basins above Montecito have been completely cleared of 1/9 Debris Flow material and stand ready for the next winter storm. The massive Santa Monica debris basin above Carpinteria is almost clear and ready to go.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors appointed Dianne Black to serve as Interim Director of Planning and Development effective March 30, 2018. She currently serves as assistant director of the department.

Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world's leading infectious killer, being responsible for the deaths of nearly 1.7 million people each year and representing the ninth leading cause of death globally.

La Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Santa Bárbara, en consulta con el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional y otros funcionarios de seguridad pública, emitió una Orden de Evacuación Obligatoria efectiva mañana (martes) al mediodía para personas en todos los niveles de riesgo. Esto significa que aquellos que se encuentren en áreas de Riesgo extremo y Riesgo Alto - áreas rojas, amarillas y grises en el Mapa de riesgo de flujo de escombros - cerca de las áreas de Incendios de Thomas, Sherpa y Whittier deben estar fuera de las áreas de evacuación antes del mediodía martes. Las personas en el área de Incendio de Álamo están en una Advertencia de Evacuación Recomendada. Las personas con acceso y necesidades funcionales en las áreas de Riesgo Extremo y Riesgo Alto deben considerar la evacuación inmediata. Los propietarios de animales grandes y ganado deben considerar la reubicación inmediata.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, in consultation with the National Weather Service and other public safety officials, has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon for individuals in all risk levels. This means that those in Extreme Risk and High Risk areas – red, yellow and grey areas on the Debris Flow Risk Map – near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier burn areas must be out of the evacuation areas by noon Tuesday. Individuals in the Alamo burn area are in a Recommended Evacuation Warning area. People with access and functional needs in the Extreme and High Risk areas should consider immediate evacuation. Owners of large animals and livestock should consider relocating immediately.

In response to the current historic drought Santa Barbara County is facing, the Santa Barbara County Water Agency produced the Greywater Handbook specifically for county residents. The handbook highlights the importance that greywater systems can play in conserving and using water more efficiently while supporting a framework for healthy landscapes, healthy soil, a more sustainable water supply, climate safety and community resiliency.