Proposed 3-Part Emergency Solution
Steel Mesh Nets
Position environmentally friendly engineered steel mesh nets strategically in canyons to serve as force breaks and capture debris in designated high risk areas.
Can reduce debris flowing into residential areas and double the capacity of current catch basins
Are customized for each canyon
Have never injured or killed fish or animals
Have been installed and used in 41 California locations
Upgrade and expand weather monitoring to give us much longer evacuation times.
The Partnership is working with UCSB, National Weather Service, NOAA, USGS, Cal Tech, software and technology experts and the County to determine how best we can complement existing monitors and to help provide additional data to researchers and first responders on:
Pending weather events
Actual rain fall intensity and location
How to integrate within County systems for emergency responders. Assess gaps in monitors, radar and rain gauges
There are many technology advances and software accessible. USGS has recently approached The Partnership, in coordination with NOAA, to work on solutions. The Partnership continues to conduct due diligence so as to best serve our community.
Assess best ways to regrow vulnerable, dry areas in the hills so as to help accelerate natural vegetation regrowth.
Santa Barbara is currently in a severe drought which slows down needed regrowth of vegetation and provides dry land which can be a catalyst for debris flow events (UCSB Bren School).
Due to the pending rains this winter season, we will assess the situation in the Spring to further determine needs.
Every $1 spent on hazard mitigation can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, based on 23 years of federally funded mitigation grants provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The National Institute of Building Sciences
Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves
2017 Interim Report