National Preparedness Month is Now!

“Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.” is the theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month 2020. National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this September.

Be sure you are signed up for local emergency alerts with both Santa Barbara County ( and City of Goleta (

National Preparedness Month is a good time to think about gathering supplies that will last for several days after a disaster. Make sure you have enough for everyone living in your home and don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Learn how to build a kit at

Now is also a good time to talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved. Resources for kids, teens and the whole family available at

City of Goleta Emergency Services Coordinator Michael Baris adds, “National Preparedness Month is a great reminder to check in on your emergency go bags and other family plans. Even a quick five minute conversation with your family and neighbors will go an incredible way towards how you handle the craziness of a disaster when it happens.”

Learn more about National Preparedness Month, and how to make sure you and your family are prepared, at