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Santa Barbara welcomes new director for emergency management

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara county office of emergency management has a new director.  

The county announced Tuesday that Kelly Hubbard was selected for the position. She previously served as the emergency manager at the municipal water district of Orange County.

Kelly Hubbard's first day on the job will be August 19. She replaces Rob Lewin who left the county in May after three years as OEM Director.

Hubbard brings extensive experience in emergency planning, assessing facility vulnerabilities, disaster finance, coordination with nonprofits, public-private partnerships and crisis management. Most recently, Hubbard served as Emergency Manager at the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC), a Metropolitan Water District member agency, for the past 15 years.

Hubbard has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a master's in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

She is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers, and trained in Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), Crisis Information Management, American Red Cross Shelter Operations and as an Incident Management Team (IMT) liaison.

Hubbard has an in-depth knowledge of the 2004 Homeland Security Act, the California Emergency Services Act, the Stafford Act, and America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018.


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