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Emergency Preparedness

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The City and County offer various ways to help you prepare for an emergency. To learn about upcoming opportunities for emergency preparedness training, please contact Michael Baris at

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 information via email and/or text at To receive information in Spanish sign up here: You may also text Goleta Emergency to 468311 or Goleta Spanish to 468311.  If you prefer to receive a phone call, please email with your preferred phone number, address and language preference (English or Spanish).


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The City also suggests registering for emergency alerts with Santa Barbara County through Aware & PrepareAware & Prepare is a public-private partnership which is led out of The Orfalea Foundation, and works closely with government agencies, jurisdictional governments, special districts, nonprofit and community based organizations, businesses, issue experts and a collaborative of local foundations. Collectively, all of these agencies and organizations make a larger impact towards improving the preparedness of our community. 

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), Community Disaster Education (CDE) and LISTOS.

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


Community Emergency Response Team (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, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Click here for more information on Goleta's CERT Training program.


Community Disaster Education (CDE) is a public education presentation helping 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, and are provided in both English and Spanish.



LISTOS: Is a basic emergency and disaster readiness public education program for Spanish-speaking populations with a grass-roots approach. The Listos program is comprised of a series of discussions which:

  •  Are organized by community members for the benefit of their own community
  • Present the basic ideas of preparedness in 4 consecutive discussions
  • Empower participants to educate their personal networks
  • Consider cultural sensitivities and time constraints
  • Utilizes an interactive discussion learning environment

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