The Montecito Fire Protection District realizes that providing timely, accurate information is critical during emergencies. The following notification systems are being used to alert the community for emergency and non- emergency events:
HEARO Emergency Warning System Radio Receivers
Residents who live within the Montecito Fire Protection District boundaries can obtain a tone alert radio for their home or office. This radio will transmit an up to 90 decibel tone and scrolling text with instructions on how to respond when activated. The system utilizes FM frequencies to distribute the notifications via the HEARO Network through a partnership established with KDB Radio, FM 93.7.
The radios are programmed with the associated address that corresponds with pre-identified evacuation zones zones within the District.
To obtain a HEARO emergency warning radio receiver, please contact Jackie Jenkins at 805-565-8010.
Aware and Prepare Emergency Notification System
The Aware & Prepare emergency notification system will keep residents, staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements. The Aware & Prepare emergency notification system will be used to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register to receive these alerts at: awareandprepare.org.
The Aware & Prepare emergency notification system will alert residents about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures and water utility maintenance. Messages will be sent to residents on their preferred contact path-cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax, pager and more to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. Residents listed in Santa Barbara County 911 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, but Aware & Prepare allows citizens to self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out.
Please note, that this enhanced system provides location based notification, and will eventually become our primary method of alerting the community to emergencies and important events.
Messages sent via the Aware and Prepare notification system are also forwarded to two social networking sites:
AM 1610 is a low powered AM Radio station owned and operated by the Montecito Fire Protection District. The station broadcasts fire prevention and disaster preparedness information on a continuous loop. However, during emergencies, Montecito Fire will broadcast evacuation and other critical information as it becomes available.
It is important to understand that most home stereo systems do not pick up AM broadcasts - especially those coming from a low power station. To hear these broadcasts, it is best to tune in on a battery powered portable radio or your car radio.
Local Media Outlets
Local Media, including TV, Radio and Print have provided email and text messaging contact information to Montecito Fire and are notified as soon as possible on all emergency events. The media also has contact information for Montecito Fire Public Information Officers.
For assistance or information relating to any of our notification methods, please contact Jackie Jenkins at: [email protected] or call 805-565-8010.