What are better ways to alert and evacuate people when a fire comes?

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With every new fire, it’s becoming clearer that California could do a better job getting people out of harm’s way faster and more safely. In Paradise, officials initially sent evacuation orders to the side of town closest to the Camp Fire. But still, many residents didn’t know they had to evacuate. Many did not get out in time. One reason is old technology and evacuation procedures.

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Guest:
Thomas Cova - director of University of Utah’s Center for Natural and Technological Hazards

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Adriana Cargill