Wireless Emergency Alert

Sep 05, 2018

Community Input

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am writing to let you know about A TIME-SENSITIVE MATTER that you may wish to respond to. The first is a survey about the County’s procedures for issuing emergency alerts 

 

Emergency Alert Survey

 

Our emergency alerting system is a critical tool for communicating with residents during emergencies and disasters - effective emergency notifications can save lives. The federal government regulates the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) System and has, since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow, revamped the system to allow alerts to selected areas within the County and not just to the entire County. While I was Chair of the Board of Supervisors, I traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby for improved WEA alerting capabilities and both Senators Feinstein and Harris worked to bring the change about. The question remains, how narrowly or broadly should alerts be targeted? Should notifications only be sent to those in an evacuation zone? Or should alerts be broadcast to a broader region? The County is seeking community input to help shape its emergency notification policies and procedures and you can respond to the survey by September 16. Emergency Alert Survey Link.

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