DO YOU LIVE IN AN EVACUATION “RED ZONE”?
Santa Barbara County has an evacuation map that pinpoints properties in “red zones” at risk for flooding and debris flows. This interactive map is online at readysbc.org/maps/. Search your street addresses to see if your property has been deemed at-risk.
As big rainstorms approach, people in “red zones” may be asked to evacuate. Santa Barbara County uses its “Ready! Set! Go!” initiative to notify the public.
READY: The first stage of a potential evacuation is a WEATHER ADVISORY, which will be issued 48-72 hours before the arrival of the storm. This advisory is the County Office of Emergency Management alerting the community to the storm. Be aware: Closely monitor the storm and have a plan if you’re asked to evacuate.
SET: The next step is the EVACUATION WARNING, issued 24-48 hours before the storm. Prepare to leave; arrange transportation for you, your family, and, if necessary, large animals; make arrangements for family members with special needs; confirm your evacuation plan; gather items you’d like to take with you. Check on your neighbors.
GO: Within 24 hours of the arrival of a storm that could pose a risk to life or property, the Sheriff’s Office will issue an EVACUATION ORDER, which means it’s time to evacuate if you are in a “red zone.” People who refuse to comply will not be forcibly removed from their homes, but they should not expect rescue or other lifesaving assistance, according to county officials. Flooding and debris flows may close down transportation routes for several days; if you choose to stay, you may become stranded in the disaster area.
REMEMBER: If at any time you feel unsafe, take immediate action and do not wait for a notification to evacuate. Officials may only be able to alert the public with just a few minutes’ notice, or none at all.