There’s no shortage of volunteer opportunities around. It’s the same with CPR, First Aid, and CERT trainings. You just need to know where to look:

CERT Training

The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program trains people in basic disaster-response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and medical operations. Using classroom trainings and in-person exercises, CERT members can help neighbors or coworkers in an emergency when professional responders are not immediately available.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

(; [805] 681-5556)

Santa Barbara City Fire Department

(; [805] 564-5711)

UC Santa Barbara/Isla Vista

(; [805] 450-1437)

City of Carpinteria

(; [805] 755-4401)

City of Goleta

(; [805] 961-7571)

City of Lompoc

(; [805] 736-4513)

City of Santa Maria/City of Guadalupe

(; [805] 925-0951)

CPR and First Aid Training

American Red Cross, Central

California Region (; [805] 687-1331)

Channel Islands YMCA Association

([805] 569-1109;

REI ([805]-560-1938)

Stop the Bleed: Safety Matters Certified Training

(; [805] 705-9222)

Listos Training

Listos is a basic public education program in emergency and disaster preparedness for Spanish-speaking communities, with a focus on individuals, their families, and their homes.



Foodbank of Santa Barbara County (

Santa Barbara County Promoters Network


Direct Relief International (

American Red Cross, Central California Region

(; [805] 687-1331)

Habitat for Humanity for Southern Santa Barbara County

(; [805] 692-2226)

Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade (

Santa Barbara Response Network

(; [805] 699-5608)

Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group, or MERRAG, pronounced “mirage” (


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