Preparing for Winter Storms and Floods

City of Goleta Emergency Services Coordinator Michael Baris reminds you to prepare ahead of time in the event of flooding.

Winter is here, and that can mean more rainstorms are on the way. It’s impossible to stop a flood, but you can prepare for what to do in case of flooding.

The first thing to do is know if you live in an area that is likely to flood, click here to see FEMA’s flood maps of Goleta. The maps are very detailed so zoom in and out to find a good view of your home (look for the blue and orange to see your flood risk). Also be sure to look at the driving route you use to get to your neighborhood; driving through flood waters is never a good idea.

Flooding can cause power outages, so it is a good idea prepare your home in case you lose power. Have backup batteries charged and ready to go and be careful of food spoilage if your fridge is no longer keeping things cold.

Regular homeowner’s insurance does not cover flooding. Learn if it make sense for you to have coverage on FEMA’s website at

The City provides sand and burlap bags for our residents to protect their homes from storm damage. It is recommended to prepare your property for future storms by filling your sandbags a few days prior to a heavy rain. Three self-service sandbag stations are located at:

  • Fire Station 11 (6901 Frey Way and Storke Road just south of Santa Felicia, across from the main post office)
  • Fire Station 14 (320 Los Carneros Road next to the Stow House Museum lot)
  • Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue)

The City’s sandbag stations are stocked and ready for residents. Here are some things you should know about sandbag pick up:

  • Sand and bags are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Pick up is open during daylight hours, seven days/week.
  • 20 bag limit (additional bags can be purchased at home improvement stores).
  • Bags are for residents.
  • Bring your shovel to fill the bags.
  • It is easiest to fill the bags with two people — one to hold the bag and the other to shovel the sand.

For disposal of old Polypropylene sandbags:

  • Residents may displace old sand in planters or on lawns and dispose of bags in their trash containers.
  • Residents may also bring their old, filled bags to Public Works Corporate Yard located at 6735 Hollister Avenue (behind the Deckers building) for disposal.

Stay informed, register for emergency alerts from Santa Barbara County at, and sign up for emergency information from the City at Get more tips on winter storm preparedness here.

Pictured: Sand bag station at Fire Station 11