Santa Barbara County Updates & Info

last updated: 03/2/2018

Disaster EDD Unemployment Filing Deadline Extended to March 19, 2018

The Employment Development Department (EDD) today announced that workers, business owners and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours reduced as a result of the Southern California wildfires, floods and mudslides now have until March 19, 2018 to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The previous deadline was February 20. 

DUA applies to losses beginning the week of December 10, 2017. Workers can receive benefits of up to $450 a week for a maximum of 30 weeks. These unemployment insurance benefits are offered to victims of a disaster and available to individuals who meet one or more of the following criteria: 

• Worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self employment, in the disaster area.
• Cannot reach work because of the disaster and can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.
• Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform is their primary source of income.
• Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.
• Became the head of their households because of a death caused by the disaster.
• Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for the regular benefits, and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disasters.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the application is filed. Required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to verify that the individuals were working or self-employed when the disaster struck. Documentation for the self-employed can be obtained from banks or government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business. The fastest and easiest way for new claimants to apply for DUA is to use EDD’s online application, “eApply4UI,” available in both English and Spanish. Claimants can also file for DUA by phone between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, Monday through Friday:

• English: 1-800-300-5616
• Spanish: 1-800-326-8937

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Updated SB County debris flow risk map here.

Good news... FEMA assistance approved for both Montecito flood and Thomas Fire victims!

Apply for aid here.
(More info here.)

Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance... we have folks on our own team navigating this process, and they would love to help.

The serious flooding and mudslides in Montecito and Carpinteria have shut down the 101 from Ventura (Seacliff) to Milpas in Santa Barbara until at least Monday, January 23rd. Alternate transportation is available via Amtrak or Island Packers.

Refer to our Facebook or Twitter for live updates.

Safe lodging, health services, hot meals, and more at the Red Cross shelter at Santa Barbara City College Sports Pavilion/Gymnasium. You can access the Sports Pavilion off Loma Alta Drive. Small animals welcomed.

The Humane Society at 5399 Overpass Rd. and Earl Warren Showgrounds at 3400 Calle Real are accepting animals of all sizes.  

FUN FACT: we're now on Facebook! follow our page for live updates and resources.

SB Evacuation Update

The MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER issued previously now includes the EL CAPITAN CANYON area. To determine if your property is in the evacuation areas, go to & refer to the interactive map. If you do not have access to the Internet, call 211 or (800) 400-1572.

Are you rain ready?

Make sure extra supplies are on hand at home, including: a flashlight, water, food, personal medical supplies, filled prescriptions and a charged smartphone with internet access in case local roads are temporarily closed.

Driving: Check your tire tread. DO NOT drive into a stream of running water—6 inches could change everything.

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  • Sign-up to receive “VC Alert” mobile messages by contacting VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 or visiting Subscribers will receive emergency notifications such as evacuation notices specific to their neighborhood.
  • Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation plan and follow its guidance.
  • Residents are asked to pull trash bins away from curbs to allow water and any debris to flow along the curbsides. 
  • Sand and sand bags continue to be available for Ventura residents at 336 Sanjon Road
  • The Ventura Police 24/7 nonemergency number is 805-650-8010 and 911 in an emergency.
  • If you see a nearby storm drain that is blocked, contact your local city public works department or Ventura County Public Works at (805) 654-2001.

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Monday, January 8


This strong storm is expected to produce heavy rain, high winds and extremely dangerous flash flooding, mud and debris flows. Flash floods, mud and debris flows can happen with little or no warning. It is important that you understand the seriousness of the situation and follow the direction of authorities.

A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for unincorporated parts of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria including all areas NORTH of Hwy 192, EAST of Cold Springs Road, and WEST of Hwy 150/the County line. Also included in this Order are the areas along Tecolote Canyon, Eagle Canyon, Dos Pueblos Canyon, Gato Canyon, and the Whittier burn areas near Goleta. People in these areas should take action to leave no later than 12pm (noon) Monday.

A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for all areas SOUTH of Hwy 192 to the ocean and EAST of Hot Springs Road/Olive Mill Road to Hwy 150/the County line. People in these areas should stay alert to changing conditions and be prepared to leave immediately. If the situation worsens or you feel threatened, leave immediately or take protective actions. 

Do not delay in taking action to protect you, your family, your animals and your property. If you fail to take action and decide to stay in these areas, you could be stranded with no way for rescuers to reach you if you need help.