Margaret Carrero

Audit Finds LA's Emergency Mass Notification System Falls Short

August 28, 2018 - 12:52 pm

(KNX 1070) - The city of LA’s emergency mass notification system is not being used as effectively as it could be, based on an audit by the City Controller.

The most glaring example is last year’s La Tuna Fire, the worst Los Angeles has seen in decades yet not a single notification was sent via Notify LA which is run by the city’s Emergency Management Department. 

While he acknowledges Notify LA could have been used, LA City Fire Chief Deputy Alfred Poirier says their best means of getting the word out is getting bodies into threatened areas.

Another issue highlighted in the audit is that of the alerts sent since 2014, most were in English.

The city is already working to include more languages.

KNX reporter Margaret Carrero:

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