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

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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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November 25, 2014
Local author Kathleen Sharp talks about her recent Salon article, Rager at the end of the world: How Halloween looks in the shadow of tragedy. Website

November 18, 2014
Ted and Mike review Isla Vista issues including the just released report “A Call for Action: Report of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation Trustees’ Advisory Committee on Isla Vista Strategies.

November 11, 2014
Santa Barbara City Council member Bendy White talks about local public safety issues.

November 4, 2014
Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain Howard Orr talks about his electrical shock during a wildfire and his remarkable recovery.

October 28, 2014
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues of interest.

October 21, 2014
Aware and Prepare’s Barbara Andersen talks about local programs and future of the program.

October 14, 2014
Former California State Fire Marshal and The National Fire Heritage Center President Ronny J. Coleman talks about the history of the American fire service. Website

October 7, 2014
Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance President Paul Cashman and Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Howard Orr talk about the recent donation of an arson dog. Website

September 30, 2014
Plumas County Fire Safe Council Chair Jerry Hurley talks about the successes of their local Fire Safe programs. Website

September 23, 2014
Bishop Garcia Diego Senior Rivana Russo talks about Santa Barbara County Teen Court and the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Website

September 16, 2014
Mike and Ted catch up on local Wildland Urban Interface issues.

September 9, 2014
Journalist Dave Bemis talks about his recent Noozhawk article “Santa Barbara County’s Fire Season Threat Only Escalates as Summer Draws to Close.

September 2, 2014
National health care billing expert Lawrence R. Lievense returns to further talk about medical claims, payments, valuations and how you can better protect your interest when engaging the health care billing system and advocating for yourself. Website

August 26, 2014
Ed Harris and Rick Frickman talk about the Urban Creeks Council. Website

August 19, 2014
Consumer Watchdog lead staff attorney Jerry Flanagan talks about the reality of the Affordable Health Care Act today. If you have health insurance, or think you have insurance, you need to listen to this show. Website

August 12, 2014
VFIS Sales Executive Wayne Eder talks about public safety insurance coverage and the volunteer fire service. Website

August 05, 2014
Colin Jones, Caltrans Public Affairs, talks about local highway projects, highway safety and local highway construction issues. Website

July 29, 2014
Santa Barbara County Fire Department Captain Rob Hazard talks about local wildfire prevention and vegetation management. Website

July 22, 2014
Deputy Public Defender Deedrea Edgar talks about mental health issues, the law and how the Public Defender’s Office helps the mental health community.

July 15, 2014

Dr. Leslie Lundt, Medical Director, Psychiatric Health Facility, Santa Barbara County Mental Health Services talks about local mental health issues and challenges.

July 8, 2014
Assemblymember Das Williams talks about Assembly Bill HR 1014 – Gun violence restraining orders. Website

July 1, 2014
Former California State Fire Marshal Ronny J. Coleman talks about the history and duties of the fire marshal as well as introducing his new website Table Talk. Website

June 24, 2014
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues and topics.

June 17, 2014
American Medical Response Clinical Manager Les Hugie and Santa Barbara County Public Health Trauma Care Coordinator Jennie Simon, RN talk about the successes in CPR survival rates within Santa Barbara.

June 10, 2014
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services Dr. Ole Behrendtsen and Susan Klein-Rothschild talk about local mental heath issues and programs for assistance. Website

June 3, 2014
Dr. Daniel F. Craviotto, Jr., talks about his April 28th Wall Street Journal opinion, “A Doctor’s Declaration of Independence.” Website

May 27, 2014
Retired Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer Captain Charlie Johnson talks about recent wildfires and the Isla Vista murders.

May 20, 2014
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Paige Batson, Dr. Thoman and Susan Klein-Rothschild sitting in for Ted Adams talk about disease control and prevention.

May 13, 2014
Nationally known communications consultant Andy Seybold talks about past, present and future public-safety communications systems. Website

May 6, 2014
News-Press correspondent Catherine Shen talks about her research and May 5th article ‘Lessons learned from Jesusita.”

April 29, 2014
Santa Barbara County Fire Battalion Chief Chris Childers and Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council chair retired Santa Barbara City Fire Battalion Chief John Ahlman talk about this summers fire season, Foresters and Fire Wardens Association and Read-Set-Go.

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