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Supervisor says county's emergency notification system failed during fires

September 1, 2009 |  3:57 pm

L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is demanding action after residents reported major problems with the county's emergency notification system.

"The county’s new mass emergency notification system failed to inform residents about the status of the fire or evacuation orders," Antonovich wrote in a resolution. "It was reported to my office that an erroneous evacuation order was announced by the mass emergency notification broadcast system to the community of La Crescenta."

Antonovich also said the county needs to do a better job of informing residents about fire news evacuation orders and additional emergency details.

The supervisor today asked that county staff examine the effectiveness of the notification system and also look at ways to improve the county website during emergencies.

--Garrett Therolf