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LLIS Lesson Learned: Public Communications: Disseminating Information to Evacuated Residents   [open pdf - 45KB]

From the Summary: "Local fire departments should evaluate their roles at identified evacuation locations and ensure that timely information is available to evacuated residents. Authorities should explore the use of mass text messaging and the Internet for faster dissemination of incident information." From the Description: "In October 2007, 22 wildfires burned over 517,000 acres in 7 counties in southern California over a 3-week period. More than 321,500 residents evacuated their homes in the largest evacuation in state history. One of the fires in Orange County, the Santiago Fire, burned for 19 days before crews contained the blaze on November 8. The fire burned 28,517 acres, destroying 42 buildings and damaging another 14 structures and causing an estimated $27.5 million in damage and $6.6 million in suppression costs. The response to the Santiago Fire included nearly 2,000 fire personnel from 170 different agencies as well as 330 police officers and deputies from 5 local law enforcement jurisdictions. […] Local fire departments should evaluate their roles at identified evacuation locations and ensure that timely information is available to evacuated residents. Authorities should explore the use of mass text messaging and the Internet for faster dissemination of incident information."

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Date:
2008-09-05?
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Public Domain
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Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS)
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