Santa Barbara plans to automatically enroll residents into emergency alerts

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Despite recent wildfires and a deadly debris flow last year, only 13 percent of county residents are signed up for Santa Barbara’s emergency alert system. A new state law allows counties to automatically enroll residents into their systems using public utility company data. This raises questions about data security and government overreach.

Credits

Guest:
Rob Lewin - Director, Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Kathryn Barnes