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Emergency Preparedness 2018
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In Case of Emergency, Planning Pays Off for Montecito Bank & Trust After Fire and Debris Flows

Effort to improve disaster response strategies in advance of 2016 El Niño forecast helps community bank mobilize quickly to assist employees and customers

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Debris flow rescue

Cottage Hospital Staff Knew the Drill When Responding to Montecito Debris Flows

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Volunteers hand out N-95 masks

Nonprofits Play Critical Role in Santa Barbara County Emergency Response

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California Conservation Corps members hand out bottles of water in Montecito’s Upper Village on Jan. 11, two days after the deadly flash flooding and debris flows. (Urban Hikers / Noozhawk file photo)

California Conservation Corps Always Ready to Respond to Disasters at Moment’s Notice

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Volunteers with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade and Habitat for Humanity have spent their weekends removing debris from Montecito-area homes after the Jan. 9 debris flows. Here, crews clear debris from the backyard of a Santa Isabel Lane home on Feb. 11.

How to Help Montecito Debris Flow Survivors and Community Recovery

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Santa Barbara County’s Aware & Prepare website provides timely alerts for weather hazards, wildfires, evacuations and other disaster information. Officials are urging all county residents to sign up.

Emergency Preparedness: Sign Up for Notifications to Get Santa Barbara County Disaster Information

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Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies and Search and Rescue team members tell Montecito residents to leave the area ahead of the Jan. 9 storm. Debris flows from heavy rainfall subsequently killed 23 people and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes.

Emergency Preparedness: When It Comes to Evacuations, Be Ready Before Disaster Strikes

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Many Montecito residents have structures that were damaged or destroyed last month due to flooding and mud and debris flows. Insurance industry professionals say it is important to know what is covered and what is not covered in homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies.

Emergency Preparedness: Knowing What Insurance Policies Cover Important Following Natural Disaster

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Significant damage occurred at the Bonnymede community in Montecito during the Jan. 9 mud and debris flows. Statistics show that only a small percentage of homeowners, locally and nationwide, have flood insurance.

Emergency Preparedness: Most Homeowners Don’t Have Flood Insurance to Protect Against Damage

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Mud and debris inundate Olive Mill Road at Hot Springs Road in Montecito after the deadly Jan. 9 flash flooding. Officials say residents must remain in a state of “storm readiness” due to the ongoing risk of flooding and mud and debris flows in neighborhoods below the Thomas Fire burn area.

Risk of More Montecito Flood Devastation Is Just a Downpour Away

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A Montecito resident is helped to safety after flash flooding, mud and debris flows devastated the community on Jan. 9. Santa Barbara County officials are urging resident to prepare now for future emergencies, including natural disasters.

How to Prepare Now for the Emergencies, Disasters You’ll Likely Be Facing Tomorrow