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Community Alert – Not If, But When – Positive Preparation for Disaster


Community Alert airs on Tuesday, 11 AM and 9 PM and again on Saturday at 1 PM on KZSB-AM 1290 and on www.newspress.com. Click on the dates below to hear the show for that day.

Funding provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council (14USFS-SFA0010) with additional funding from the Fire Services Training  Institute.

Community Alert is produced by the Wildland Residents Association, Inc., San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department. Any use of these links is for personal use only. Commercial use of these programs or content is prohibited without prior written permission from the WRA.

The views and conclusions contained in this programs are those of the hosts and guests and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the California Fire Safe Council, the U.S. Forest Service or KZSB AM-1290. Any mention of trade neames or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the California Fire Safe Council, the U.S. Government or the WRA.

Fire Department News Network (FDNN) video about the Community Alert show here.

Community Alert Television with retired State Fire Marshals Kate Dargan and Ronny Coleman – “WILDFIRE, Past, Present and Future” here.

CSFA Volunteer Committee DMV “Deemed to Comply” video with retired State Fire Marshal Ronny Coleman and Chief Tim Marrison here.

Voices of Santa Barbara (Nov. 14, 2012) with Mike Williams visits with Red Cross volunteer Judy Dobbins who served two weeks in an evacuation shelter in Tom’s River New Jersey.

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April 22, 2014
Pilot, speaker and author Captain Karen Kahn talks about aviation safety and how you can be prepared for an in-flight emergency. Website

April 15, 2014
National health care expert Lawrence R. Lievense talks about medical claims, payments, valuations and how you can better protect your interest when engaging the health care billing system. Website 

April 8, 2014
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues.

April 1, 2014
USFS Los Padres National Forest PIO Andrew Madsen talks about local forest issues.

March 25, 2014
Ted and Mike talk about his recent article “Tsunami scenarios” and related issues.

March 18, 2014
Retiring Sebastopol Fire Chief Bill Braga talks about his career and current issues confronting the California fire service.

March 11, 2014
Ted and Mike talk about the challenges confronting volunteers and volunteer organizations today.

March 4, 2014
Matt Tollefsen and Adrianne Davis from Fairview Gardens talk about their farm, gardening and what foods are best for disaster survival. Website

February 25, 2014
Talk Radio Builder founder and host Ken Swanson talks about his public outreach and prevention program talkradiobuilder.com . Website

February 18, 2014
Recently retired State Fire Marshal’s Office Division Chief Ben Ho talks about his extraordinary story of leaving Vietnam during the war to come to America with his brother to start a new life. As two of the “Boat People of Vietnam,” this is an extraordinary story of risk, hard work and perseverance coupled with the help and dedication of several remarkable people along the way.

February 11, 2014
Artist and curator Ethan Turpin talks about his recent program Burn Cycle: Sharing Land with Wildfire. Website

February 2, 2014
Families of the Fallen founder Susan Van de Pol talks about the death of her husband, Los Angeles City Fire Department firefighter Bob Ortega and the founding of a national support group for firefighters. Website  and The Los Angeles Firefighter, Vol. 44, No. 5, September/October 2006

January 28, 2014
International Counterespionage Consultant Kevin D. Murray talks about cellphone security. Website

January 21, 2014
Internationally renowned piper Robert Heggie talks about the history of the bag pipe, its ceremonial use by police, fire and military organizations around the word and the Greatest Scot of All Time Robert Burns.

January 14, 2014
Ted and Mike catch up on local events and issues.

January 7, 2024
Long time San Marcos Trout Club resident Lee Chiacos talks about his new monthly WRA website column “Lee Says.” Website