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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 13,000 residents with the guidance and support of the Montecito Fire, Water and Sanitary Districts.

MERRAG offers a variety of disaster survival training opportunities for members of the Montecito community. The training sessions are conducted by members of the Montecito Fire District in a supportive and non-threatening environment. Two hours of training, one morning per month, will provide you with knowledge that will enable you to remain confident in the face of disaster. Generally the second Thursday of every month at 10:00 am – held at Montecito Fire District – 595 San Ysidro Rd. For more information or to make a contribution visit

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