“This is the kind of outside the box and collaborative thinking that makes this community great. Efforts like this allow for more creative decision-making, provide access to resources and expertise, which help make our communities more resilient.”
– Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management
The risk of significant mud and debris flow below the Thomas Fire burn area is still very real. There has been limited revegetation and there are plenty of boulders, ground and trees that could still move.
We are helping local decision makers identify and implement feasible and best-in-class mitigation and monitoring solutions to reduce the risk and calamity of future disasters. Solutions under consideration include mitigating hillside force through infrastructure and/or vegetation; deploying monitoring and early warning systems; managing flow and drainage from the debris basins to the beach; and improving evacuation planning.
Communities recover more quickly and are stronger when they are prepared for disasters such as floods, fires, debris flows, earthquakes and tsunamis. Leveraging the work established by the Aware and Prepare initiative and the Montecito Center, The Partnership for Resilient Communities will continue to advocate for a culture of resiliency, collaboration, and public private partnerships.