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Request To Board Of Supervisors

Below is a request that Edhat will present to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, August 19, 2008. Please read this request, and if you support it, enter your name in the form below. Also, help us build our numbers by emailing your friends and neighbors to do the same. We realize that there are many great ideas that aren't being put on the table in this request. However, we believe that focusing only on these two important issues will increase the chances that our request will be implemented. As the old proverb says, little by little an egg will walk.

Chairman Carbajal and Supervisors:

Edhat has been gathering comments from local citizens regarding the delivery of public information during an emergency. We have received many great ideas, all of them thoughtful and on point. A complete list of these ideas is attached and available on our website at EDHAT.COM.

We are confident that if each of these ideas for improvement were implemented, Santa Barbara would have amazing emergency response information capabilities. However, the need to be practical - to come up with a plan that has a good chance of implementation - has caused us to whittle the list of wants and needs down to two key items.

The two areas of concern that are agreed upon by all members of our community are:

1) During an emergency there must to be a dedicated AM radio station that does nothing else but communicate relevant community information. This radio station should be well publicized during non-emergency times, so that every person in the County knows about it, and dials it up when needed. Ideally this station would have emergency generation.

2) The information on the radio station (as well as on official websites) must be updated regularly. And most importantly, the updates should come at predictable and pre-publicized intervals. When hearing or reading emergency information, the information should be time-stamped so citizens know when it was last updated and when the next update will come. Even if there is no new information available, the timestamp of the current update should change.

The Edhat community, a community of concerned citizens, feels strongly that if these two basic ideas are implemented, much of the uneasiness felt during the Gap and Zaca Fires - and future emergencies - will be eliminated.

We urge the Board of Supervisors to implement these ideas as soon as possible. We will be following your progress in this regard and would hope for a Board discussion of this issue within the next three months.

Thank you.

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