Invaluable information

Letters to the Editor for 8/22/13 edition of the Sierra Star

August 20, 2013 

Dear Editor,

We attended a Neighborhood Watch program several months ago. In addition to great information about home and neighborhood security, we were encouraged to sign up for the Madera County Citizen Alert program. We registered online and received a confirmation email.

Some people call this program the "reverse 911," because we don't call in the emergency — they call us when there is a local fire, flood, highway closure or other event.

Until the Aug. 11 John West Road grass fire, I had forgotten about the program. But there we were in Wellington, Colorado getting first-hand information on my cell phone about a fire in Oakhurst, very close to our home. In that instance, our next notice was, "fire under control." The Madera County Citizen Alert provided us with invaluable, timely information that would have allowed us to contact neighbors to help with our home if it had been necessary.

When we arrived home, the same messages were on our house phone and our email. We are very fortunate to have this service in Madera County. We are highly recommending this program to Madera County residents.

For questions: Madera County Citizen Alert, (559) 675-7775 or online: msalvador@co.madera.ca.gov. Direct access to the sign up page: search or "Google" Madera County Citizen Alert, or call Erica Stewart, sheriff's public information officer, (559) 675-7976.

Doug and Jackie Mallouf, Oakhurst

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