FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 1996
Contact: Spencer Boise, Foreman
Phone (805) 568-2292
The 1995-96 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury finds there is a need to strengthen the readiness of the county, its cities and its citizens to meet potential devastation from natural disasters including earthquakes, fires, windstorms and floods. Those findings are part of the Grand Jury report released today.
The Grand Jury’s study, “Preparedness for Disasters,” reports on extensive interviews across the county with emergency service officials, on-site investigations ranging from the Bradbury Dam to offshore oil rigs, examination of emergency plans in cities and unincorporated areas, and meetings with community groups experienced in responding to disasters.
The Grand Jury found the overall status of countywide disaster preparedness is sound, but identified areas needing improvement. Highlights of the 15 Grand Jury recommendations include:
The Grand Jury’s report concludes with special sections covering emergency response and recovery from disasters in Santa Barbara County. The report is being distributed to affected agencies and emergency service providers throughout the county.
The full report is posted on the Grand Jury’s World Wide Web page. Copies of the report are also available at the Superior Court Jury Services office at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, or call 568-3139.