This month the City of Goleta and the County of Santa Barbara are asking you to help your co-workers and employees be safe while they’re at work in Goleta by encouraging them to sign up for emergency notifications. Most of us use cell phones to communicate, interact and get our news in a timely way.  This is a great resource for emergency personnel when they need to alert the community about emergencies and disasters.

In Santa Barbara County, we have the Aware and Prepare Initiative, which enhances the ability of government agencies and non-profit organizations in mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. Visit www.awareandprepare.org to sign up for emergency alerts from Santa Barbara County.  For non-emergency and emergency alerts through Nixle, text “SB Alerts” to 888777.

Finally, for alerts specific to the City of Goleta, stay informed with email and/or text alerts by registering here. Check the box for emergency notifications in English or selected “Goleta en Espanol” for Spanish language alerts.  You may also text Goleta Emergency to 468311 (for alerts in English) or text Goleta Spanish to 468311 for alerts in Spanish.  If you prefer to receive a phone call, please email PIO@cityofgoleta.org with your preferred phone number, address and language preference (English or Spanish).

Our emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders do an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they cannot do it alone. We must all embrace our personal responsibility to be prepared – in doing so; we contribute to the safety and security of our communities as well.   Please help us help you by forwarding this message to your employees and co-workers.  Together, we can be better prepared for whatever may come our way.