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Radio, Television

Radio Ready:

When the power is out and the internet is down, a radio may be your last hope for receiving critical information. The county partners with a network of Radio Ready stations to broadcast emergency notices with the help of generators and satellite equipment. Be sure you own a hand-crank or battery-operated radio, and keep extra batteries handy.

FM Stations:

  • Santa Barbara/South Coast ― KCLU 88.3 and 102.3; KOSJ 94.1; KTYD 99.9
  • Santa Maria ― KCLU 89.7 and 92.1; KCBX 99.5
  • Lompoc ― KCBX 95.1
  • Santa Ynez/Solvang ― KCBX 90.9; KSYV 96.7; KRAZ 105.9
  • Countywide ― KSPE 94.5; KIST 107.7 *Spanish

AM Stations:

  • Santa Barbara/South Coast ― KOSJ 1490; KZSB 1290; KCLU 1340
  • Santa Maria ― KTMS 990; KUHL 1440

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR): NWR is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. To receive the Santa Barbara County broadcast, tune your weather radio to the SAME code 006083.


Santa Barbara news agencies report on emergencies and frequently re-broadcast official county messages. Here are the region’s most trusted sources:

Television:  KEYT (Channel 3), KSBY (Channel 6), KKFX (Channel 11), and KCOY (Channel 12)

Print and Online:  Santa Barbara Independent (<em></em>), EdHat (<em></em>), Santa Maria Times (<em></em>), Noozhawk (<em></em>)

Radio:  KCLU (FM 88.3), KDRW (FM 88.7), KCSB (FM91.9), KIST (FM 107.7 *Spanish)

Social Media

Twitter is often the most timely social media tool in a disaster. Here are the accounts to follow:

  • Office of Emergency Management (@SBCountyOEM)
  • County of Santa Barbara (@countyofsb)
  • County of Santa Barbara *Spanish (@csbenespanol)
  • Santa Barbara County Fire Department (@SBCOUNTYFIRE)
  • Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office (@sbsheriff)
  • National Weather Service, Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles)
  • CHP Coastal Division (@CHP_Coastal)
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