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.
MERRAG'S MISSION STATEMENT:
The Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group (MERRAG) is an official volunteer auxiliary of Montecito's three public service agencies. We exist to provide crucial personnel and communications support in the event of a community emergency.
Readiness - We offer training and certification for response and recovery teams, and community preparedness education. We maintain the Community Emergency Radio Systems (AM-band and two-way) and the Community Emergency Resource Inventory.
Response - In the event of a community emergency we co-operate the fire department's District Operations Center. This entails the provision of staffing, supplementary radio communications, and field support including triage, traffic management, and damage assessment.
Recovery - We assist the districts and the citizenry in documentation and process support for post-disaster asset recovery.