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Letters, March 9

Alert systems open to all

On Sunday, March 7, on page 2A, Iris M. Crawford wrote that communities of color and other marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change.

She used as an example the Almeda fire alerts: “For evidence, look no further than the fire that ripped through Southern Oregon last September. People in the relatively affluent town of Ashland received faster and clearer warnings to evacuate than people in less-well-off towns nearby ”

Today I talked to an official of the Ashland Fire Department, and confirmed that anybody can sign up for the city of Ashland alert system. Indeed, you can live in another state and still sign up for alerts.

In addition, Jackson County has an alert system that anyone can sign up for. It’s called Nixle, and you can easily register online. Since the fire the city of Ashland has also gone to the Nixle system. Again, anyone can register online. You don’t have to be from an affluent community.

The reason that Talent and Phoenix did not get alerts as soon as Ashland did is because “there were some hiccups in getting the alerts off,” says my contact. She said that after the fire the number of people signing up for alerts increased exponentially.

Linda Mandeville Gamble


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