CBS San Francisco
October 16, 2013
Palo Alto’s top firefighter was defending his department’s use of the county emergency alert system last weekend, to inform residents of a charity pancake breakfast.
About 27,000 residents received text message alerts from the county about the event.
Fire Chief Eric Nickel said the reason for the alert was to inform nearby residents the event included a life-flight helicopter landing at a local school, something that has prompted 9-1-1 calls in the past.