Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group

MERRAG!  (pronounced Mirage) is a network of trained volunteers who work and live in the Montecito area. Members are prepared to respond to a community disaster during the critical first 72 hours following an event. Since 1987, the mutual “self-help” organization has been serving Montecito’s 9,000 residents with the guidance and support of the Montecito Fire, Water and Sanitary Districts. 

Find out more about MERRAG and how you can help yourself help MERRAG.


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  • Aug 13 Thu

    NOAA Weather Spotter Training

    Weather spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given commun...

  • Sep 10 Thu

    Red Flag / Trails Activation Training

    MERRAG volunteers assist during designated Red Flag / High Fire Danger days to staff trail heads in the community and inform hikers of current weather conditions, fire safety awareness and safety p...

  • Oct 10 Sat

    CERT Unit 2: Fire Safety /Fire Extinguisher training

    In this unit you will learn about:ï Fire Chemistry: How fire occurs, classes of fire, and choosing the correct means to extinguish each type of fire.

  • Oct 15 Thu

    Community Wide Disaster Drill - Great California Shakeout!

    MERRAG Response Team Members should respond to Montecito Fire Headquarters prior to the drill to participate in “Drop Cover and Hold On”, then activate the DOC (District Operations Center) and prep...

  • Nov 12 Thu

    CERT: Unit 6, Light Search & Rescue

    The objectives of search and rescue are to: Acknowledge that the most important person in a rescue attempt is the rescuer; Rescue the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time; Rescu...