Prevention & Risk Management

June 16, 2015
Psychiatrist Dr. Glenn Miller talks about how to spot and avoid hiring problem employees and volunteers including Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissism, and other problematic behavioral issues. Website

June 02, 2015
Santa Barbara attorney Joseph Liebman talks about Brost, et al., v. City of Santa Barbara, 2d Civil No. B246153, Santa Barbara County Superior Court 1342979 and related property rights issues following a disaster. Website

May 19, 2015
Mark Gibbs talks about Internet security. He has been in the information technology business for more than 30 years and a technology journalist and consultant for over twenty years. He’s written four computer technology books, was co-founder of Novell UK, and created and was a co-founder of Netratings, one of the first Web audience measurement companies now owned by The Nielsen Company.  Topic Website

May 5, 2015
Southern California Edison Fire Management Officer Troy Whitman and PIO Rondi Guthrie talk about the utilities fire management program and their unique pilot program for detecting wildfires in the front country in conjunction with Santa Barbara County Fire.

April 28, 2015
Certified Appellate Specialist Herb Fox talks about the California appellate process. WebsiteBrost, et al., v. City of Santa Barbara, 1342979, 2d Civil No. B246153

February 17, 2015
From his Elk Grove office, former California State Fire Marshal Ronny J. Coleman addresses the question: “Our we getting our money’s worth in fire protection?” Website

May 20, 2014
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Paige Batson, Dr. Thoman and Susan Klein-Rothschild talk about disease control and prevention.

November 19, 2013
Interact Business Group CEO Bill Booth talks about the business of public-safety training and the future of training. Website

October 8, 2013
California Firesafe Board Member Jerry Davies talks about the current trends in the insurance world and how it impacts home owners.

May 28, 2013
Author and Attorney Phillip K. Howard talks about his book The Death of Common Sense, How Law is Suffocating America. Website

January 31, 2012
Former California State Fire Marshal’s Kate Dargan and Ronny J. Coleman talk about the Urban Interface and their join article Wildfire: Past, Present and Future.

April 10, 2012
Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council Chair Paul Cashman talks about local mitigation efforts and insurance coverage issues. Website

March 20, 2012
Dr. Glen Miller (Healthy Mind – Healthy Future) talks about suicide prevention.

March 13, 2012
Magic Castle owner Milt Larsen talks about the October 31st fire and the aftermath. The conversation includes fire sprinklers, insurance, prevention and business planning for emergencies. Website

November 22, 2011
Retired Montecito Division Chief and Fire Marshal Jim Langhorn talks about local fire codes, past wildfires and the future of the fire service.

October 11, 2011
Kathrhyn McKee talks about her book Leading People Through Disasters and how planing relates to your business. ( Website

October 4, 2011
California Firesafe Council Affiliate Manager Katie Ziemann joins Community Alert to talk about the history of the council and statewide programs. Website

August 2, 2011
Santa Barbara County Health Department Director Dr. Wada and Susan Rothschild join the show talk about various public health issues including accidental overdose of over the counter medications. Website

November 16, 2010
California FAIR Plan Association’s Vice President-Public Affairs Mike Harris reviews the FAIR Plan and addresses your questions live on Community Alert. Website

October 25, 2010
Santa Barbara County Fire Captain David SadeckiandSantaBarbaraCountyAir Pollution Control District Public Information Officer Mary Byrd provide tips for safer, cleaner fireplace burning and safety tips. website and website

August 17, 2010
Community leader Charlie Eckberg and former Los Padres hotshot talks about his experiences with the Jesuita fire, what worked, what didn’t and how you can better prepare yourself for wildfire.

August 3, 2010
Santa Barbara historian Neal Graffy talks about the 1925 Santa Barbara earthquake and it’s message for us today.

June 8, 2010
Craig D. Allen, CFA, CFP, CIMA joins Community Alert to talk about the current status of the economy and what it means to you, your family, the company you work for and government. Website.

May 18, 2010
Author and researcher David Nabhan talks about his new book on earthquake predictors Forecasting the Catastrophe: An Analysis of When and Where the Next Earthquake on the West Coast Will Strike. Website

December 8, 2009
Former California State Fire Marshal Ronny Coleman, spokesman for the International Residential Code Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Website

October 27, 2009
Kristine Mollenkopf, Esq., joins Ted and Mike as they talk about property owner liability for acts and omissions regarding fuel mitigation and risk management. Website

September 8, 2009
Lucien Canton joins Community Alert to talk about large scale emergency management.

August 18, 2009
Jerry Davies, Farmers Group, Inc., talks about the insurance industry and disaster planning.

February 24, 2009
Elizabeth Stewart, asset documentation and appraiser.

October 28, 2008
Chief Ronny Coleman, former California State Fire Marshal.

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June 16, 2015 Psychiatrist Dr. Glenn Miller talks about how to spot and avoid hiring problem employees and volunteers including Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissism, and other problematic behavioral issues. Website June 02, 2015 Santa Barbara attorney Joseph Liebman talks about Brost, et al., v. City of Santa Barbara, 2d Civil No. B246153, Santa Barbara County […]

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Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Founder the Fire Services Training Institute

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

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