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Storm Message, Resources & Disaster Prep Doc

Wednesday, January 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Our hearts are heavy today with the devastation that is taking place as a result of the storms, mudslides, and flooding. We grieve the loss of life, homes, and the disruption from early in December as a result of the Thomas fire and now the storms that continue to impact our members, employees, business partners, and organizations.

Again, we come together to support one another because we are a caring community that is strong and will sustain the angst felt now and as we unite in our sense of community.

SBHRA sponsored a program in early December on Strategies for Disaster Planning and Recovery – little did we know at the time how much we would need to lean on this. We have provided the document from this program to our members and hope that it may offer some assistance for planning and recovery. We thank Kathy McKee, former SBHRA Board member and author, for offering this document to us.

SBHRA wants to, again, be a resource for our members and your organizations if you should require assistance.

• Local sheltering is in place at SBCC
• Red Cross – 805-687-1331
• Unity Shoppe – 805-965-4122
• Susan Bonanno - – for housing referrals

• Hospice of Santa Barbara - 805-563-8820
• The SBAOR (Santa Barbara Association of Relators) has been doing research regarding insurance. Concern that the firefighters did a great job to save homes (which had fire insurance) only to have them wiped out by a mudflow and not covered unless the owner had flood insurance. SBAOR wants to make sure that no homeowner loses everything. The association has been in conversation with many insurers, and it appears that most will recognize the cause of the damage to be “fire,” and therefore cover the claims. If you have someone you know has been told that they are not covered for this loss, they should try again. Contact CAR (California Association of Relators) who is standing by to take the issue to the Insurance Commissioner if necessary.


We will add to this as more information becomes available and is relevant to our members. SBHRA is here for you – we are your association and as we said before – we will be here through this disaster and beyond to support our family, friends, colleagues, sponsors, employees and organizations impacted by the tragic storms.

There is unity in community – SBHRA is a strong community!

-SBHRA Board of Directors


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