California To Help Counties Establish Emergency Notification Systems

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has set aside $2 million in federal money to help counties buy the sort of reverse 911 system that San Diego County used to warn residents about last fall's wildfires.

The money will be available to 13 counties without telephone emergency notification systems.

They are Colusa, Humboldt, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Mendocino, Plumas, San Benito, San Joaquin, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity and Tulare.

Administration officials say the counties eventually will form the basis of a statewide alert system.

San Diego County officials said they made more than 300,000 reverse 911 calls during the October wildfires, but some displaced residents said they received no warning.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-28-07 1310EST

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