Emergency Preparedness

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September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more about what you can do to be prepared at https://www.ready.gov/september. To learn about upcoming opportunities for emergency preparedness training, please contact Liliana Encinas at lencinas@cityofgoleta.org.

The safety of our citizens and community are a high priority for the City of Goleta. We encourage residents and businesses to take steps to be prepared before it's too late.  Goleta Prepare Now / Goleta Prepárese Hoy aims to provide important preparedness information and resources to Goleta residents and businesses through outreach, education and a strong community presence.

One of the ways you can be prepared is to register for emergency alerts. Stay informed with email and/or text alerts by registering here and checking the box for emergency notifications (or Goleta en Espanol for Spanish language alerts).  You may also text Goleta Emergency to 468311. For emergency alerts in Spanish, text Goleta Spanish to 468311.  If you prefer to receive a phone call, please email PIO@cityofgoleta.org with your preferred phone number, address and language preference (English or Spanish). The City also suggests registering for emergency alerts with Santa Barbara County through Aware & Prepare.

A second way to become prepared is by building an emergency kit and communication plan. Click here to learn how to put together your own emergency communication plan and emergency kit basics.

Finally, additional training is available through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Community Disaster Education (CDE) programs.

For the latest emergency preparedness information, please read our newsletter, The Monarch Press.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using the training in this 24-hour class to save lives and protect property.


This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a victim.

Community Disaster Education (CDE)

A Community Disaster Education (CDE) presentation helps the Goleta community be aware of the natural and human-caused hazards that threaten our area, and educates our community members to better protect themselves, their family and their property. The City of Goleta in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Aware & Prepare, offers free CDE presentations at businesses, residential gatherings, and community organizations through Goleta Prepare Now. Classes are approximately 60 minutes, including time for questions.

CDEs are provided in both English and Spanish.

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