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About the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (SBC OEM) is a department within the County Executive Office, and is responsible for emergency planning and coordination for the Santa Barbara Operational Area.

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Is your home or office building susceptible to damage from earthquakes, wildfires, or floods? Do you want to prevent future damage from these and other natural hazards? Your participation makes our community more resistant to natural hazards.The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management has revised the County Emergency Management Plan and thanks the community for their input.

The comment period ended September 11, 2013. Santa Barbara County thanks you for your participation to ensure the development of a strong emergency planning strategy.

This Plan identifies many hazards (both natural and man-made) throughout Santa Barbara County, and provides the actions the County takes to prepare, respond, and recover from an emergency or disaster. The Plan is developed to meet Federal and State requirements for emergency plans, enabling the County and cities to be eligible for Federal grant funds.

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 Santa Barbara County Operational Area

On a day-to-day basis, OEM is responsible for emergency planning and coordination among the Santa Barbara Operational Area entities which include:

Cities: Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Solvang

Special Districts: Air Pollution Control District, Fire Districts, Sanitary Districts, School Districts, Vector Control Districts, and Water Districts

Volunteer Organizations:  American Red Cross, Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), Equine Evacuation, and Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group (MERRAG), Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)

Industry Groups: CAER-Community Awareness and Emergency Response, Petroleum industry mutual aid group, SBIA-Santa Barbara Industrial Association.

Tri-County Coordination: Santa Barbara County OEM also coordinates with adjoining offices of emergency services in Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties. The Tri-County Coordinators meet and discuss regional preparedness several times throughout the year.

SBC OEM Responsibilities

Maintain the Santa Barbara County Operational Area Multihazard Functional Plan.

  1. Maintain the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a state of operational readiness
  2. Maintain a trained cadre of EOC team members
  3. Provide ongoing leadership and coordinate disaster plans and exercises with the eight cities throughout the County
  4. Assist County departments in developing department emergency plans which address how they will perform during disasters
  5. Assist County departments with development of facility emergency plans for every occupied County facility
  6. Provide ongoing training for County department emergency coordinators
  7. Participate in an ever-expanding public education campaign for all hazards through the Emergency Survival Program (ESP), public venues, and various media presentations

Contact The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

If you would like to inquire about hosting meetings at the EOC please complete this form and submit via email or fax. 

4408 Cathedral Oaks Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Main: (805) 681-5526 | (805) 681-5592 - fax |

Director of Emergency Management
Ryan Rockabrand, CEM | (805) 681-5526(805) 681-5526 |

Emergency Manager
Richard Abrams, CEM | (805) 681-5567 |

Emergency Manager
Joe Guzzardi, CEM | SM Office (805) 346-7319 |

Emergency Manager
Elsa Arndt, CEM | (805) 681-5524 |

Emergency Manager
Jay McAmis, CEM | (805) 681-5542 |

Department Business Specialist
Nick Szamet | (805) 681-5526(805) 696-1191 |