Emergency notification system to be tested through Montecito

MONTECITO, Calif. – Santa Barbara County’s ReadySBC Emergency Alert Notification System will be tested throughout Montecito on July 21.

The purpose of the test, which will take place at 11 a.m., is to ensure that all residents and community members have updated their contact information so that they can receive emergency alerts without any problems.

ReadySBC alerts are sent in the event of a disaster, such as a fire or landslide, and may include evacuation warnings and orders, flood warnings, or shelter-in-place orders.

Santa Barbara County residents can sign up to receive alerts for up to five county addresses, which can include a home address, business address, school address, or the address of an immediate family member. or a friend.

People must choose at least one way to receive alerts, but can choose several different methods and prioritize them in the order in which they want to be contacted.

Contact methods include text, reverse calls to cell phones and landlines, email, and TTY/TDD for the deaf and hard of hearing.

The Montecito Fire Department advises people to save the phone (805-979-2040) and text (8891) numbers of ReadySBC alerts in their contacts so they will know clearly when they receive an emergency message. .

At 11 a.m. on July 21, residents within the boundaries of the Montecito Fire Protection District who are registered for ReadySBC alerts will receive the test.

Click here for an interactive map to determine if you are within limits.

Once the test is issued, community members will be prompted to confirm that they received the message.

For questions or issues related to test day alerts, call the non-emergency business line at 805-969-7762.

Although testing is only taking place in Montecito, all Santa Barbara County residents can sign up for emergency alerts for their area. Click here to join.