Winter Storm Preparedness

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What can you do to prepare?

Know your Flood Risk!

Protecting yourself today means having sources for information, preparing your home or workplace, developing an emergency communications plan, and knowing what to do when a flood is approaching your home or business. Taking action today can save lives and property!

  • Learn whether you live, work or travel through areas that are prone to flooding. To help communities understand their risk of flooding, FEMA creates flood maps to show the locations of high-risk, moderate-to-low-risk, and undetermined risk areas. Consider purchasing flood insurance if you are in a flood plain. Go to FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center to find your flood map:
  • Flood Insurance – Purchasing flood insurance provides financial protection for the cost of repairs due to flood damage. Standard insurance policies do not cover flooding, but flood insurance is available for homeowners, renters and business owners through the National Flood Insurance Program.

Stay Informed!

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will release updated floor maps that show new changes in some areas in our community. With the release of the new maps, some property owners will learn that their risk is higher or lower than they thought. Check your flood map here:

  • Have important City and County contact numbers close at hand. Click here for a summary of contact numbers and a list of other local resources that will help you prepare for the rainy season.

  • Follow these steps to sign up for emergency alerts regarding winter storm impacts including street closures and important detours:
    • For email and or text alerts in English go to or text Goleta Emergency to 468311. 
    • To register for alerts via landline or cell phone, call 805-961-7508 or email letting us know if you would like to receive a phone call, text or both and your preferred language (English or Spanish).
    • To sign up for email and or text alerts in Spanish, go to or text Goleta Spanish to 468311.

Prepare Now!

  • The City of Goleta offers community training and education opportunities on emergency preparedness. Click here for more information or contact Anthony Rodriguez at 805-961-7571 or
  • Think about how you will stay informed if there is a power outage. Have extra batteries for a battery-operated radio and your cell phone. Consider having a hand crank radio or cell phone charger.
  • Know your evacuation routes, plan your transportation and a place to stay. The safest way to survive a flood is to evacuate the area if advised to leave. To ensure that you will be able to act quickly should the need arise, you need to plan ahead.

Sand Bag Information 

Three self-service sandbag stations are open during daylight hours in Goleta.  They are located at:

  • Fire Station 11 (6901 Frey Way and Storke Road just south of Santa Felicia, across from the main post office)
  • Fire Station 14 (320 Los Carneros Road next to the Stow House Museum lot)
  • Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue)

Bags and sand are available to residents and are limited to 20 bags per household. Please take only what you need. Bring a tarp or towels to protect the inside of your vehicle during transport. DO NOT use empty sand bags to line your car.

Homeowner Flood Preparation Information

Important Resources