Santa Clara and San Mateo urge residents to register in alert systems after recent fires in California

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PALO ALTO – The recent fires that swept through California’s wine country have raised concerns over the appropriate use of emergency alert systems –whether it was sufficient to send alerts that are locally targeted and that require a previous registration. In San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, residents are being urged to sign up for local alert services.AlertSCC and SMCAlert are two of the alert services offered by Santa Clara and San Mateo, respectively, but officials can contact the population through multiple ways, such as local alerts systems or communication via social media.“It’s really important to communicate to the public that these systems can save their lives,” said Patty Eaton,…

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