2014 Press Releases

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.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley alerts our community about an aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers in Santa Barbara County, as reported incidents of this crime rise locally and nationwide.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara County South Coast (zone CAZ239) in addition to the Santa Barbara County Mountains (zone CAZ252) valid through midnight tonight.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley, along with 34 other California District Attorneys and two City Attorneys, announced today that a Monterey County Superior Court Judge has ordered Massachusetts-based retailer The TJX Companies, Inc. to pay $2.8 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution.

Public Health Director Dr. Takashi Wada today announced receipt of $302,776 in Affordable Care Act funding to support additional physicians at the Santa Maria Health Care Center.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Santa Barbara County Mountains (zone CAZ252) valid through 9 pm Tuesday.

Live fuel moisture (LFM) is important for assessing fire danger. LFM is defined as the percentage of water content to dry matter content in live vegetation. Sixty percent is considered critical.

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.

Domestic Violence is a problem that effects or entire county. Horrendous acts of domestic violence occur between both men and women and to people from all socio-economic conditions.