Cooperation  •  Communication  •  Coordination  •  Collaboration

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Santa Barbara County

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Disaster Cost Reimbursement

Your organization may be able to receive reimbursement from the state for extra-ordinary expenses incurred while helping the community respond to or recover from a state-declared disaster. Advance planning is important! To learn what you need to do before, during, and after a disaster in order to qualify, click here.


Our Mission

We promote communication and collaboration among organizations throughout Santa Barbara County in planning for and responding to disasters in order to:

  • Improve disaster preparedness throughout the County.
  • Increase the effectiveness of our collective response.
  • Minimize the duplication of resources.
  • Provide more efficient services to those affected by disasters. 


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Our Services

We encourage and provide the following:

  • Education. Training to increase disaster preparedness of organizations and community members.
  • Convening. Meetings, workshops, and local conferences to enhance preparedness.
  • Outreach. Guidance to organizations that already are or want to become active in disaster relief.
  • Mitigation. Support for efforts of federal, state, and local agencies and governments.
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Benefits of Membership

By becoming a member, you will be able to:

  • Increase your organization’s disaster preparedness.
  • Utilize volunteers or resources from other organizations so you can respond more effectively to disasters.
  • Coordinate your disaster response and recovery efforts with other agencies.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops, and other learning opportunities.
  • Promote your organization throughout the County.
  • Network with other people dedicated to serving the diverse communities of Santa Barbara County.
  • Help support our community during  disasters.
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