The catastrophic disasters we have had to endure continue to affect our communities in unimaginable ways.

Please know that I will continue to advocate and inform you and your families the best I can as we deal head-on with these horrific tragedies occurring within our communities.

As we face the upcoming disaster threat in Santa Barbara, it is imperative that we are informed of the best ways to protect our families amidst impending storms. The following steps are recommended by FEMA during these crucial times:

1. Stay Informed:
Watch for live updates posted in multiple media platforms—Twitter/Facebook/TV/Radio.

2. Know Where To Go:
Know the routes, have a plan, and keep your close ones informed of your whereabouts.

3. Know What To Bring:
Keep a change of clothes and an emergency kit available. Fuel your car before you go.

As of most recently, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies have gone door-to-door throughout the Montecito evacuation zones to make sure everyone has evacuated safely.

If you are looking for a place to go, Earl Warren Showgrounds (3400 Calle Real) has a Red Cross shelter open and they are accepting pets.

At this moment, Highway 101 will remain open until approximately 2:00AM, Friday morning for public safety.

Please reference the Santa Barbara County website, under the “Storm Information and Preparedness Center” tab for additional information—I want to make sure that everyone continues to have the most recent updates!

You can keep track of the 101 (and alternate routes) with the California Department of Transportation website, or you can call the Caltrans Highway Information Network at (800) 427-7623.

The Local Assistance Center, located at Calvary Chapel (1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez) is open Monday through Friday 11AM-6:30PM and Saturdays 10AM-2PM.

To learn which areas are still affected, CLICK HERE. To find out about your home, CLICK HERE.

We can and will get through this together. We must continue to rely on our faith and strength as a community moving forward through this difficult time.

Be safe and be strong. Let’s continue to help each other through this.