Best Wildfire Alerts?

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By an edhat reader

I would like to know what Edhatters have found to be the best system for getting warned when there’s a wildfire. Is it Nixle, the county alert system? A phone call from a friend giving you a warning? Wishing for an alert from Roger the Scanner Guy? Or a combination of all?

Having watched the Northern California middle of the night evacuations during firestorms, it's good to know what you feel is most useful to sign up for reliable warnings for wildfires only. I live in the county of S.B., between Goleta and Santa Barbara (unincorporated Noleta), below the often windy 154 pass.

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edwardchapeau Oct 22, 2017 02:23 PM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

Alerts should be ranked by potential for harm: for instance, fire outranks floods and earthquakes. When the number of alarms is too high, people turn off.

Luvaduck Oct 19, 2017 09:47 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

1235 is right that those *&^%^ marketing phone callers have caused many of us to ignore incoming calls unless we hear a familiar voice. How about air raid sirens mounted on the overpasses and used ONLY for imminent <mass-danger> fire alerts and tested <silently> added to all the other means?

a-1511449623 Oct 18, 2017 09:08 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

I want an emergency alert from the county that has an usual beep or siren, so it gets my attention right away that it's a fire, and fire only, nothing else. I'm old, get lots of unnecessary scam phone calls I've learned to ignore. If a warning isn't specific to a nearby fire, I might be slow to react. Don't muddy the water. Be specific. And, dear neighbors, if you're evacuating please honk your horn or sound some LOUD alarm. My hearing is going.

kenr1901 Oct 18, 2017 09:08 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

Go to everbridge.com and sign up (it's free) for alerts from SB County. You can get texts, phone calls and/or email. Thanks

a-1511449623 Oct 18, 2017 08:09 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

I Just Want __Fire__ Alerts. Only. How?

BeachGuy Oct 18, 2017 06:51 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

I don't consider a windy day to be a life-threatening emergency. I dropped awareandprepare"dot"org. WAY too many non-emergency text alerts, often daily. Wish they would offer just the emergency alerts - fires, earthquakes nearby.

CitizenSane Oct 17, 2017 05:29 PM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

awareandprepare"dot"org. You register and get text alerts of emergencies happening in your area. No accident info, (there's a CalTrans app for that). It will notify you of fires, barricade escalations, and red flag weather warnings. I got a text at 12:13am back in June about the SWAT team 1/2 a block away dealing with a barricade; individual threatened to blow up house with wife & family petin it.

a-1511449623 Oct 17, 2017 12:06 PM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

I'm concerned about alerts. When there's (supposed to be) a weather alert/warning on tv, it switches channel to CSPAN-House of Representatives. There's no scroll and no weather message at all. I wonder about our warning system.

tagdes Oct 18, 2017 09:02 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

Read the question, I don't think Edhat calls or Emails anyone in an emergency and they refuse to update my Email so it wouldn't do any good anyway.

a-1511449623 Oct 18, 2017 08:03 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

Sure, if you think being alerted to anyone with a camera within 100yds of a child or a beach is an emergency.

yetti Oct 17, 2017 11:26 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

1. The Emergency Management department here has the ability to send Text Alerts to all cell phones that are currently within range of specific Cell Towers. 2. Robo calls to land lines 3. Competent humans that live in fire zones, should hopefully have enough smarts to look, listen and smell. IF you are either near a fire or in the path of a fire, you should easily recognize this fact pretty quickly. Alert your neighbors that may be old and/or slow and get going.

a-1511449623 Oct 17, 2017 11:05 AM
Best Wildfire Alerts?

Can't go wrong with "all of the above"

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