Public Health Department (PHD)

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 2018 Storm Event Press Releases
and Related Information

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH and SAFETY

Additional Information and Guidance is available on the Environmental Health and Safety Website.

 

Ocean Water Quality- Updated February 7, 2018
OPEN CLOSED
Jalama Beach Carpinteria State Beach
Gaviota State Beach Goleta Beach
Refugio State Beach Hammond Beach
Leadbetter Beach  
Hope Ranch Beach  
Butterfly Beach  
Sands Beach at Coal Oil Point  
East Beach at Mission Creek  
East Beach at Sycamore Canyon  
Guadalupe Dunes  
El Capitan State Beach  
Summerland Beach  
Arroyo Burro Beach  

 

 

Santa Barbara County Ocean Waters Improve [ Press Release ]
Ocean water samples were taken on Monday, February 5, for all beaches where bacterial testing is historically conducted in the County. The results of these tests reveal that all ocean waters have bacterial levels below the standard and are safe for ocean activities with the exception of three beaches, Carpinteria, Goleta and Hammonds. These three beaches have high levels in one category (enterococcus) and the ocean waters remain closed to any ocean water activities.

Health Effects of Ash and Dust - Leaf Blowers Not Advised in Areas with Ash and Drying Mud
[ Press Release ] [ Español ]
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District today reflect on continuing health effects of the ash that fell during the Thomas Fire and the health effects of dust from the drying mud of the Montecito mudslides.

Ocean Water and Beach Safety Update (2/2/2018) [ Press Release ]
Ocean water samples were taken on Wednesday, January 31, for select beaches where ocean water had previously exceeded standard bacteria levels. As a result of this testing, ocean waters at El Capitan and Summerland are now open. See Press Release for full details.


Public Health Continues Warning Against Consumption of Raw Fish and Shellfish
[ Press Release ] [ Español ]
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is issuing a warning to the public to avoid consuming raw fish and raw shellfish caught close to ocean waters where bacterial levels continue to be elevated. People doing recreational fishing from a pier or boat close to beaches where oceans waters have exceeded bacterial standards should be aware that eating uncooked or under-cooked seafood products could expose them to bacteria. These bacteria can cause illness if ingested.

Questions and Answers about Testing Soil [ English ] [ Español ]
Questions and Answers about Testing Soil/Mud at Montecito Locations

 

New Beach Waters Open [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
Ocean water samples taken on Wednesday, January 24, were tested for bacteria levels. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria no longer exceed standard levels in ocean water at two beaches. Hope Ranch Beach and Leadbetter Beach are now open to swimming, surfing and other water activities. The status of all other ocean waters remains unchanged from Monday testing. 


Safety Of Ocean Water and Beaches (updated 1/31/2018) [ Press Release ]
Ocean water samples taken on Monday, January 29, were tested for bacteria levels. Test results reveal that levels of bacteria continue to exceed standard levels in ocean water at three beaches. Ocean water at these beaches will remain closed to swimming, surfing and other water activities. 

 

Water in Montecito Has High Chlorine Content
Chlorine may be detected by its strong odor. If you smell chlorine (smell is similar to bleach), you should assume that super chlorination is taking place in your area. An elevated concentration of chlorine in a particular area is anticipated to last approximately 24 hours before being flushed out of the system and returned to normal levels. If you are sensitive to chlorine or have any health concerns regarding the use of water with elevated levels of chlorine, it is recommended that you temporarily discontinue any use of this water and consult your health provider or the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department for more information. 


Mud Cleanup and Protection
[ Press Release ]
To protect residents from exposure to raw sewage and other chemicals that may present in the mud, the Public Health Department offers the following guidance.

Clean Up Safely After a Disaster [ PDF Document ]
Guidance for cleanup after a natural disaster from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Testing Results and Health in Exposed Workers [ Press Release ]
The Public Health Department has reviewed results from testing of mudslide samples and made recommendations to protect the health of exposed workers.

Public Health Warns Against Consumption Of Recreational Harvested Raw Shellfish
[ Press Release ] [ Español ]
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Dept. is issuing a warning to the public to avoid consuming recreational harvested raw shellfish caught in ocean waters where bacterial levels continue to be elevated.

Public Health Advisory [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
Protecting Your Health in Areas Impacted by the Storm

Connection Between Hepatitis Transmission From Debris/Mud Runoff Unfounded 
[ Press Release ] [ Español ]
Dr. Charity Dean, Santa Barbara County's Public Health Officer has reiterated as false the circulating rumors of the possible presence of Hepatitis C infection within the discarded debris and mud being relocated in landfills and local beaches in the county.

Purifying Water Instructions During Boil Water Notice and After PDF Document ] [ Español ]
Instructions for purifying water from the tap or a well.


Food Safety and Kitchen Sanitation Guidelines PDF Document ] [ Español ]
Follow these simple steps to reduce the chance of a food borne illness

Closure Notice For Restaurants In Boil Water Notice Areas [ Press Release ]  
The Public Health Department Environmental Health Services division (EHS) has issued a closure order for restaurants, markets, and other food facilities that are affected by the Boil Water Notice. These include areas served by the Montecito Water District.

ANIMAL SERVICES

Santa Barbara County Animal Services PDF Document ] [ Español ]
Santa Barbara County Animal Services and our partners have been responding to all animal-related activities. For information contact the Animal Services Hotline at 805-681-4332.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services Rescue More than 1,000 Displaced Animals Following the Mudslides [ Press Release
As residents continue to evacuate from their homes following the fatal mudslides that hurled through Montecito last week, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Santa Barbara County Animal Services are conducting ongoing search-and-rescue efforts to save displaced animals.

LOCAL RECOVERY and ASSISTANCE CENTER (LAC)

The LAC serves as a single point resource hub for those who have been impacted by these disasters. Click here for more details.

 

Local Recovery and Assistance Center info


For more updates and information regarding the 2018 January Storm, please visit: http://www.countyofsb.org/january-storm-info.sbc

 

 

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