PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — The chief of the Palo Alto Fire Department says his agency did nothing wrong when it used an automated emergency notification system to get the word out about a charity pancake breakfast.
The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/1corDbE ) the countywide system, known as AlertSCC, sent messages to 27,000 people about Saturday's charity event.
Chief Eric Nickel says he authorized the alert because the event included the landing of a rescue helicopter, and he wanted residents to know it was a demonstration and not an actual emergency.
Resident Erica Schroeder says she received two phone calls, a text and an email about the event. She calls it overkill.
Nickel says there were few complaints and the alert was not a misuse of the system.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com