What We Do

We are a non-binding membership organization that fosters “the Four Cs”—Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration—among organizations to enable them to work together more effectively to help individuals and families affected by disasters.

Each member organization maintains its own identity and independence while collaborating with other member organizations, faith groups, and local, state, and federal authorities.

We do not compete with or exclude other organizations—we are a coordinating mechanism to improve collaboration among organizations throughout Santa Barbara County.

Our Principles

We bring together non-profit and for-profit organizations that may be active during disasters in Santa Barbara County to foster more effective services to people affected by disasters. In doing so we uphold the following principles:

  • Cooperation. To promote and support cooperation among organizations and individuals active in disasters throughout the County.
  • Communication. To disseminate information through a resource directory, member training, community education, workshops and drills, and disaster updates.
  • Coordination. To coordinate policy and procedures among our member organizations and between our members and our government partners in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of services provided by our members.
  • Collaboration. To work together to strengthen partnerships, achieve specific goals, and undertake specific projects in preparation for and response to disasters.

Guidelines and Procedures

Click here to view the latest versions of our Operating Guidelines and Disaster Procedures.