Officials waited to send emergency alert until after mudslides started

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New York Post—Santa Barbara County residents received an emergency alert on their cellphones about mudslides only after the deadly flooding began — because officials were concerned that the warning wouldn’t be taken seriously, according to a new report. “If you tell everyone to get out, everyone get out, the next time people won’t listen,” Jeff Gater, Santa Barbara...

Cellphone alert not issued until after Montecito mudslides started. Santa Barbara emergency manager Jeff Gater said a cellphone push notification was not issued until 3.50am Tuesday by which time tons of mud and rock was already barreling toward homes.