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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
May OES Newsletter – May is Wildfire Preparedness Month, remember to make sure that you have defensible space around your home. Don’t know what “Defensible Space” is, then check out our newsletter this month. Also, don’t forget to like us OES on Facebook.
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Have you done your part to allow firefighters the best chance to defend your home in the event of our next wildfire?
Take advantage of our FREE Voluntary Defensible Space Inspection Program available to anyone in the WFSAD area. If you are interested in a Voluntary Inspection or Neighborhood Presentation please CLICK HERE or call Chris Braden at (805) 564-5737
Please note that the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District web pages have been moved to the Residents section of the City web pages to enable easier navigation. You can still get there from here by following the link in our blue right-most column!
Click HERE for a PDF version of our 2013 WFSBAD Newsletter.
Sandbags & Flood Preparedness. Concerns over watershed damage that occurred as a result of the Tea and Jesusita Fires in the foothills above the City continue. Flooding will likely occur this winter 2010-11 in and down slope of the fire areas.
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Click here for current rainfall.
Protection of private property is your responsibility as a property owner and begins prior to storm events. Sandbags may be purchased at local hardware and building supply stores. Some building supply stores will deliver filled sandbags with advance notice. When properly placed, sandbags will redirect water and debris flows away from property improvements. Protect your property before the rain begins! When a "Flood Watch" is issued by National Weather Service and confirmed by City of Santa Barbara Public Works Officials, the City will open the Sandbag Station and make sandbags available to residents. Residents are reminded that the City Sand Bag Distribution Policy is designed to assist in the protection of private property only during storm emergency conditions.
The primary Sandbag Station is located at the City of Santa Barbara Corporate Annex Yard at 401 East Yanonali Street, normally 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Sand and sandbags will be available to the public at the Sandbag Station. Residents should bring their own gloves and shovels and be prepared to fill the bags they need.
The City will announce when the Sandbag Station is open and hours of operation and on Channel 18 (City-TV) and through other local media outlets. Before and during storm events through the winter residents should monitor the radio and TV and the City’s web site for updates and announcements.
Begin with assessment of your property, especially if you live in the fire areas, adjacent to, or along San Roque Creek, Arroyo Burro Creek, Mission Creek, or Sycamore Creek. You can find information on how to protect your property from erosion mud flows and flooding on your property at:
Homeowners Guide for Flood Prevention and Response
A Homeowner’s Guide to Erosion Control
For additional information, please call the City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department at (805) 568-5377.