Today at noon, Cal OES issued a region-wide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to residents in counties under the Stay At Home Order. This alert is informational only and individuals who receive it should not contact law enforcement or call 911. https://t.co/lGeftHs8ti— Cal OES (@Cal_OES) December 8, 2020
California is rolling out a new contract tracing system that will send texts to people who may have been exposed to covid-19.
The Office of Emergency Management in Santa Barbara posted a tweet at about 11 a.m. saying cell phone users will receive an alert Tuesday, but this message is not coming from the county’s emergency notification system.
People who receive the alert should not call 911.
It's a part of the state's new notification system 'CA Notify' that goes live on Thursday.
Cell phone users will need to activate the service and then keep their phone’s Bluetooth on.
Program designers say user privacy is protected and cell phone locations are not tracked.
For more information on the program, visit https://canotify.ca.gov/.