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California’s early warning system needs improvement

Thursday, March 8, 2018  
Posted by: The San Diego Union-Tribune
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As Californians up and down the coast rebuild from last year’s devastating wildfires and mudslides, it is time to both understand and help friends and neighbors, but also crucial that we assess and prepare for what Gov. Jerry Brown calls “the new normal.” Topics such as infrastructure resilience and curbing the driving forces behind climate change are important, yet there are also very practical steps we can take to better prepare for the inevitable re-occurrence of wildfire in our state.

While Californians have become accustomed to living with the threat of earthquakes — duck and cover could practically be the unofficial state motto — wildfires may present a greater threat, as population growth and the search for affordable housing pushes residents further and further into wilderness areas. Yet while earthquakes strike without warning, the fire danger presented in our changing climate paradigm should be treated as equally dangerous. Lives and treasured possessions of many could be spared with the construction and deployment of a multifaceted statewide alert system...Continue Reading.

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