Community Alert

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

November 19, 2019
Ted and Mike talk with Ray Ford and his observations of the recent Cave Fire.     

November 26, 2019

November 19, 2019
Climatologist Dr. Chris Funk returns to talk about current and future weather conditions and what it means to each of us.    

November 12, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss several current news articles including: California Relies on Planes, Lessons From Past to Prevent Deadly Blazes; Bob Roper on Wildfires and What to Do Next and How California Became America’s Housing Market Nightmare.

November 5, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss local community issues including the demise of reliable utility services.

October 29, 2019
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues including wildland fire preparation, Highway 154 and private fire departments. While California Fires Rage, the Rich Hire Private Firefighters, Shifting Winds in Fire Management, Extreme Fire Weather Hazards a Fact of Life, But Officials Outline Response and Prevention and Netflix tests speed-binge feature, draws Hollywood outrage.

October 22, 2019
Ted and Mike visit with retired LAPD officer Norm Nelson to talk about his book, “What Drives Men Crazy.”  Norm’s book picks up where Michael Connelly stops with his Harry Bosh series. While Connelly writes about it, Norm did it, lived it and for now survived it.

October 15, 2019
UCSB Emergency Manager Jim Caesar talks about CERT, VOAD, EPIC and PIO issues and UCSB’s emergency management program.

October 8, 2019
Santa Barbara County Public Health, Emergency Medical Services Agency Director Nick Clay talks about local EMS issues, the history of the paramedic and EMS program, Community Paramedicine and the success of the County cardiac program.

October 1, 2019
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues and event.

September 24, 2019
On this anniversary show, Ted and Mike celebrate eleven years of Community Alert with Barbara Anderson talking about Aware and Prepare.

September 17, 2019
Ted and Mike talk about several recent news articles. Nick Welsh, Stupidity Strikes Again in Cannabis Cash Wars, (Sep. 11, 2019) Santa Barbara Independent; PG&E reaches $11B deal with California wildfire insurers, (Sep. 13, 2019),; A swift fall from political power for PG&E, California largest utility, (Sep. 13, 2019) and Sacramento Metro Area Ranks No. 4 On National Wildfire Risk Report, (Sep. 12, 2019),  

September 10, 2019
Ted and Mike continue talking about fire insurance issues, private fire companies and the impact on local communities.  “During the Tenaja Fire and others, privately contracted firefighters keep an eye on well-insured homes,” Sep. 5, 2019,; Susan Shelley, “Opinion: Why you’re right to oppose homeless housing in your neighborhood,” September 4, 2019,  

September 3, 2019
Ted and Mike review L.A. Times Editorial Board column, Editorial: “Gavin Newsom tells Southern California to plan for housing. A lot more housing,” (Sep. 2, 2019). 

August 27, 2019
Ted and Mike further discuss last week’s show with Jerry Davies as well as local issues of interest.  

August 20, 2019
Ted and Fire Safe Council’s Jerry Davies, sitting in for Mike, talk about recent property insurance non-renewals confronting property owners throughout California. California Department of Insurance California FireSafe Council

August 13, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss Atlantic magazine, California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change; San Francisco Chronicle, Wildfires make it harder for California homeowners to get insurance;, ‘Strike Team’ addressing fire insurance hikes, cancellations in Foothills, Butte County; Mountain Democrat, Insurance woes follow wildfires and Risk & Insurance, Market Changes are Coming.

August 6, 2019
Ted and Mike talk with Rodney Slaughter about organizational culture. Irving Norman, Dark Metropolis, Irving Norman’s Social Surrealism, (2006), Irving Norman Trust, ISBN: 1-59714-041-4 

July 30, 2019
Ted and Mike talk with Ray Ford and Joseph Tomlinson about his book, “Triangle of Fire,” Noozhawk, Ray Ford:Triangle of Fire’ Novel Chronicles Los Prietos Hotshots Firefighting Crew

 July 23, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss the following: Joshua Smith, Californians living in wildfire-prone areas losing homeowners insurance following historic blazes,  Joseph Serna, Trump administration backs off threat to audit California wildfire fighting agreement;  The, California passes emergency rule for outdoor workers exposed to wildfire smoke;, Mitigating wildfire vulnerability; one community’s success story; Brooke Holland, Montecito Slowly Making Progress on Post-Disaster Resiliency, Infrastructure Improvements and L.A. Times editorial: Why is it taking so long to hire L.A.’s homeless to pick up trash?

July 16, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss the following: “We will not let you die today.” Dramatic new firefighter video shows Camp Fire chaos,  and Sacramento Bee, CalFIRE, “Into the Fire;”  Santa Barbara County  Air Pollution Control District, “Emergency Generators & Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Events;”, “National News Coverage of Tropical Storm Barry Is Its Own Disaster.”

July 9, 2019
Ted and Mike talk about Newsweek’s article, Yellowstone Volcano Eruption Fears Triggered by California Earthquakes, Robert Lewin’s Noozhawk Opinion, Will Shutting Off Power to Prevent Wildfires Inflict More Harm Than Protection? and LA Times article, Wanting to ease utility wildfire costs, Newsom faces biggest test yet with lawmakers.   

July 2, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss SCE Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Noozhawk, Dangerous Conditions Could Spark Preemptive Power Shutoff to Reduce Risk of Fires; L.A. Times, Expect more fires this season in California, expert warn.  

June 25, 2019
Ted and Mike talk about Lompoc Council OKs $3 Million in Spending Cuts and Phase 1-EMS System Review, Santa Barbara County EMS System, August 2018 by Fitch & Associates

June 18, 2019
Ted and Mike talk about various local issues including 3 of 4 Californians want to restrict housing in wildfire prone areas, poll says and Train related Deaths Spike in Santa Barbara County.   

June 11, 2019
Ted and Mike talk about local issues including Utilities in fire-weary California strategize for the long, hot summer and Attempt to plug a wasp nest sparked the biggest wildfire in California history.  

June 4, 2019
Ted and Mike converse on several issues including the articles,”Volunteer firefighters vanishing and “911 failures during California wildfires prompt changes.”  

May 28, 2019
Mike talks with Concord Police Department Margaret Romiti about CERT and the California for All CERT LISTOS Preparedness Conference in San Diego. 

May 21, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss the following articles: “Trump threatens to cut millions from fire departments in California after deadly wildfires,” “PG&E power lines caused California’s deadliest fire, investigators say,” and “California Lawmakers Reject $1B To Protect Homes From Wildfires.”  

May 14, 2019
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues of interest. 

May 7, 2019
Ted and Mike talk about about the report, “A Record of Forest and Field Fires in California From the Days of the Early Explorers to the Creation of the Forest Reserves.”

April 30, 2019
USFS, Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara District Ranger Pancho Smith and Battalion Chief Mike Battalion talk about local issues and programs. 

April 23, 2019
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues. “Diane Dimond: Prosecutors, Lawyers Should Demand Better of Our Unfair Justice System,” “CDC Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion” and “Outcome in patients with blunt head trauma and a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 3 at presentation.”  

April 16, 2019
RDN Program Manager Ian Monsma talks about their report, “The Montecito Debris Flow One Year Later: Housing Market Impact and Recovery.”   

April 9, 2019
NOAA Warning Coordination Meteorologists Eric Boldt and David Gomberg discuss their fire weather services, Red Flag Warnings and fire weather predictions for this summer. Articles of interest this week: “Firefighting aircraft ‘increasingly ineffective’ amid worsening wildfires,”You don’t have to live close to wildfires for them to kill you,” “California eyes risk pool as it struggles with costly fires and “The Montecito Debris Flow One Year Later: Housing Market Impact and Recovery.”    

April 2, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss local community issues. “California’s emergency alert system has been a disaster. A statewide fix is planned. NFPA Journal, March/April 2019

March 26, 2019
Ted and Mike discuss SB1260, SB465, SB821 and SB46 in addition to the following articles: “Newsom to declare California wildfire emergency. Here are some details on his plan;” “It’s OK to bend the rules to make California safer from wildfire” and “Newsom declares wildfire emergency, waives environmental rules to expedite projects.”

March 19, 2019
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues and events.

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?
Santa Barbara County knew mudslides were a risk. It did little to stop them.

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-SMG-) 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.