Public Health Department (PHD) Wednesday, September 02, 2015

News & Announcements

“Beat the Heat” 2015
“Beat the Heat” brings FREE spay or neuter surgeries to Santa Barbara County cats at select agencies during the month of September. [ Press Release ]
Record Setting Adoption Weekend in Santa Barbara County!
History was made in our community on August 15-16, 2015 when in a single weekend, 101 cats and kittens found homes!!  This represents the highest number of cats and kittens ever adopted in Santa Barbara County in a single weekend, and was the result of a first time county-wide collaboration between the Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), Santa Barbara County Animal Services, and the county’s three private humane societies. [ Press Release ]
Amendment to Ordinance 37 - Tobacco Control
New Smoking & Vaping rules apply to County areas, law now includes electronic smoking devices and tobacco products. [ Press Release ]
Summerland Beach Re-Opens
The Public Health Department has re-opened Summerland Beach to the public. The beach was closed on Friday, August 21, due to the volume of oil on the beach and sand along with the petroleum odors on the beach which posed possible and adverse health effects. Oil and odors have decreased due to tide activity and natural processes, thus immediate health concerns have diminished. Warnings remain in effect as the situation with oil and odors can change rapidly. It is recommended that people and animals avoid exposure to crude oil compounds and strong odors. [ Press Release ]
Hot Weather Poses Significant Risks to Pets
Santa Barbara County Animal Services wants pet owners to be aware of the effects that hot weather has on pets. Owners are urged to use caution and avoid heat exposure. [ Press Release ]
Warning Issued for Summerland Beach
The Public Health Department has identified strong petroleum odors along with significant amounts of oil in the water and oil on the beach at Summerland Beach that may pose short-term health impacts. Our concern first and foremost is for the public’s health.  The public is urged to limit exposure to odors and oily substances in the water or land.   [ Press Release ]
Staying Cool This Summer
Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about comfort.  Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat‐related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  The following tips can help you keep cool all summer. [ Click here ]
Assessing the Health of our Community
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is initiating a comprehensive health assessment of our community.  The purpose of the assessment is to understand the current health needs of residents in Santa Barbara County and to help identify where and how we can improve the health of our community. [ Press Release ]
Public Health Newsletter- July 2015
Senate Bill 277- What You Should Know; Staying Cool This Summer; Epidemiology Program Updates. [ Newsletter ]
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