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

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Welcome to the postings of Community Alert that broadcasts Tuesdays, 11 AM and 9 PM, Wednesdays at 5 AM, and again Saturday at 1 PM on KZSB-AM 1290, simulcasting at newspress.com

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

Program funding is 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 (2018 SFA-122339) with additional funding from the Fire Services Training  InstituteAware and Prepare and listeners. 

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, KZSB AM-1290 or any sponsor, FSTI, WRA or the Fire Safe Council. Any mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute an endorsement.

 “WILDFIRE, Past, Present and Future” is a video interview with retired State Fire Marshals Kate Dargan and Ronny Coleman.

Much of the research materials utilized with the program can be found at “The Briefing Room” under Mike’s Library.   

Archives: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |2018 | 2019 

March 12, 2019
Santa Barbara County Fire Battalion Chief and Deputy Fire Marshal Rob Hazard talks about the CalFIRE Community Wildfire Prevention & Mitigation Report, February 22, 2019. California’s ‘new normal’ for wildfires is unacceptable, George Skelton, 9 August 2019.

March 5, 2019
Ted and Mike visit with Dr. Chris Funk talking about weather issues and his work with a new book about climate extremes.  

February 26, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss the Wildland Residents Association, San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department’s 2019 Focus Realignment plan. Design for Disaster, Los Angeles City Fire Department video.  

February 19, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss local issues. Billions pile up in special district accounts while critics say many should dissolve 

February 12, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss local issues. 

February 5, 2019
University of California Emergency Manager and Chair of the Aware and Prepare Executive Committee Jim Caesar talks about the program and it’s accomplishments. 2019 California For All CERT and LISTOS Conference, San Diego May 30 through June 1, 2019    

January 29, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss the following articles: NFPA Journal, January/February 2019; LA County Fire Chief addresses contemptuous crowd at town hall meeting; Private power lines, not PG&E’s caused deadly wine country fire, state says; PG&E files for bankruptcy, Electricity prices are likely to rise for millions of Californians and Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight, 2018 Annual Report

January 22, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss several news articles, 2019 CERT Conference and local planning challenges. Jackson Blisters PG&E over Bankruptcy Threat, Edison sues Santa Barbara County over last year’s deadly mudslides and Edison Company Counter-sues County and City.

January 15, 2019
Ted and Mike catch up on local weather and current events. NFPA, Fire Loss in the United States During 2018, (October 2018); Jean Lipman-Blumen, The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why Followers Rarely Escape Their Clutches, (January/February 2005), Ivey Business Journal; What happens after the Search-and-Rescue phase of an emergency? 25th Hour, (September 12, 2018), Foodbank Santa Barbara County.

January 8, 2019
Former Santa Barbara City Councilman Bendy White talks with Ted about local fire history.

January 1, 2019
John Palminteri joins Ted and Mike to welcome in the new year and talk about local issues. 20 Weeks to Preparedness download, “Here’s how Paradise ignored warnings and became a deathtrap,” “Catastrophic fires are a reckoning for Californians and their ‘new normal.’ Has the state reached a tipping point?” “What Can Be Done to Reduce Risks to Life and Property from Major Wildfires?” and, “Santa Barbara County knew mudslides were a risk. It did little to stop them.”