Wildfire Evacuation and Survival Workshop

May 18th, 2024, 10:00 am-1:00pm – Santa Barbara City College, Business Communication Forum

The SBCFSC is putting on a Wildfire Evacuation and Survival Workshop at Santa Barbara City College on May 18th, 2024. This free event seeks to empower our community with the knowledge to make critical decisions in real life wildfire evacuations. During the workshop you will listen to experts speak on the different facets of evacuation and you will have access to several different resources. Our community has long asked for more in depth information regarding wildfire evacuation and we aim to provide just that.

At the end of the workshop there will be an evacuation supply giveaway. To earn raffle tickets take a picture of your current go bag or bring it to the event so we can see what you have in stock. There will also be an electronic scanner and USB flash drives on-site so you can digitize your important documents and take them home. Wildfire comes faster than you think and it’s much easier to grab a packed go bag and flash drive rather than assembling everything last minute.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, UCSB’s Wildfire Prevention and Policy Lecture Series, and Noozhawk.

Please keep in mind this is a workshop rather than the family focused events we have hosted in the past.

Whats happening at the workshop?

  • In depth presentations from the relevant experts
  • Q & A
  • Resource tables
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Evacuation supply giveaway
  • Lunch

What will the presentations cover?

  • Wildfire evacuation best practices (what to do, what to wear, where to go)
  • Basic fire behavior
  • The psychological components of evacuation (how to stay calm / recovery)
  • How agencies execute evacuation
  • Current evacuation modeling

What will you find at the resource tables?

  • Local fire department representatives explaining how to build personal evacuation plans
  • Information from LISTOS / Cert / Redcross
  • Go bag resources
  • Scanner with flash drives to save your important documents
  • Information on community scale communication

The Partners

  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department
  • Santa Barbara City Police Department
  • Montecito Fire Protection District
  • Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management
  • Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
  • Santa Barbara City
  • Santa Barbara County

Event Agenda

Saturday, May 18th, 10 am – 1 pm

  • 9:30-10:00am: come early to enjoy coffee and chat with SBCFSC staff
  • 10:00-12:10am: presentations
  • 12:10-12:30pm: Q & A
  • 12:30-1:00pm: resource tables
  • 1:00-2:00pm: stay late for the evacuation supply giveaway, attend the fire extinguisher training, lunch