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Residents learn storm preparation tips during community preparedness meeting

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - People who live near the Cave Fire received life-saving advice Thursday night during a community storm preparedness meeting.

The meeting was held at the Direct Relief International Headquarters in Santa Barbara.

County of Santa Barbara public safety and flood control officials and the U.S. Forest Service Area Emergency Response (BAER) team answered questions.

Officials said they see the Cave Fire as a victory considering 4100 acres burned, but no homes were damaged or destroyed. However, the risk going forward are mud and debris flows triggered by heavy rains.

Santa Barbara County Fire said they have a plan in place for storms that pose a threat. The plan includes more staffing, pre-positioned helicopters, water rescue teams and high clearance vehicles.

County officials said residents need to know that information is power.

"It's important to be aware of any dangers that may face you and to act accordingly," Santa Barbara County Captain Daniel Bertucelli said. "If you feel uncomfortable in any given situation act on your instincts and don't wait for a government agency to tell you what to do."

Betucelli also reminded everyone to sign up for readysbc.org for alerts. A preliminary map was posted on the website along with preparedness tips.

He said residents should know evacuation routes, have a first aid kit and go-bag for emergencies and pay close attention to the weather.

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Bryce Hanamoto

Bryce Hanamoto is a producer at KEYT|KCOY|KKFX.