IndyAlert is a web-based messaging system to keep our community informed during and preceding emergencies.
Threats of any sort to the public would be likely IndyAlerts. Some examples: severe weather (such as high winds, rain which may cause flooding), natural disasters (fire, flood, earthquake, tsunami), main highway closures (Highway 101, 154), civil disturbances, toxic spills, train derailments, jail break, mayhem!
We sent out text messages, email messages, and broadcast messages. The text and email messages are brief, with only the most important information; we will provide links to our website expanded coverage where applicable, or at least the links to the pages we devote to the coverage.
We send out the information from our website, the email address of origin will be email@example.com.
We use municipal and utility sources, other media, and our own reporting from the Santa Barbara Independent staff. Community information and help is always welcome.
During a crisis, we will actively seek out information and material from our readers and listeners, and post links on the website to submit information and photos, video, tips, and stories -- and phone numbers to leave recorded messages. The community is an important partner in helping present the best information possible.
Our radio updates on KCSB 91.9 FM are important, and we will provide them at regular times during the hour. Since cell phones have portable power, our text messaging service becomes crucial. Also, some folks now have Internet satellite hookups (like on a Blackberry or iPhone) on their laptops, so the website will be live also. We have taken steps to keep our website functional during power outages, so we anticipate keeping our information fresh in spite of a power outage.