City of Anaheim fails to communicate with residences

Right now the City of Anaheim website says:

Sierra Peak Wildfire Update:
In an abundance of caution, the City of Anaheim has issued a mandatory evacuation for the all homes and businesses south of Canyon Rim Road and east of Serrano Avenue. Voluntary evacuations are underway north of Canyon Rim Road to Oak Canyon Drive, east of Serrano Avenue. Villa Park High School, 18042 Taft Ave. in Villa Park, and Travis Ranch Community Center, 5200 Via de La Escuela, in Yorba Linda, have been opened for the convenience of all evacuated residents. In addition, Canyon Rim and Anaheim Hills elementary schools have been evacuated. Students from those schools have been taken to Canyon High School, located at 220 S. Imperial Highway. If you have any questions, please call (714) 765-4333.

I have two problems with this: First, this is all of the information the city provides. The phone number they list is constantly busy because people want more information, like whether their house has been evacuated. How hard would it be to list the streets that have been evacuated so people can have an easy way to look it up. By look at this map by the OC Register it looks like my dad’s house has been evacuated, but I’m not quite sure.

Secondly, they say, “In an abundance of caution…” This means a couple of things to me, the evacuations are unnecessary, and my house won’t burn down. If the houses aren’t threatened, don’t evacuate, and if the houses are threatened, say so. Nothing would be worse than for the city to give the impression that everything is under control, and then have hundreds of people loose their house.

The City of Anaheim needs to provide its residences with more information and speak more opening and plainly.

4 Comments so far

  1. Roger (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

    See this site for more information about The Oc.

  2. cybele (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

    Consider me sending you an “abundance of good thoughts” to keep you, your houses and the firefighters safe as they battle the blaze.

  3. Mike Randall (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

    Thanks cybele. Maybe this might be a good reason to develop a regional emergency blog, something along the lines of what was discussed by Sean Bonner for the LAPD.

  4. Bob (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 1:22 pm

    I thought Todd Spitzer did an excellent job of finding out about the fire and reporting his findings on news radio. Just what I would hope from an excellent elected representative.


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