PALO ALTO-CALIFORNIA - Emergency Pancake Breakfast? Residents of Palo Alto, California were just as confused with the text message headline, notifying the community of a fundraising event.
Chief Eric Nickel of the Palo Alto Fire Department was trying to look for ways to attract his surrounding city of fundraising events at the local fire house.
Carol Rogers, a local resident, showed one of the many texts that were included from the fire company that went out to residents this past Friday.
"What on earth are they letting me know about that for on an emergency line," Rogers said.
Palo Alto Fire Chief Eric Nickel assures that the messages were meant to inform not publicize the fundraiser.
Although some residents were confused by these messages, Nickel let them know that by signing up for text messages, you will be receiving information other than emergency alerts.
"When people sign up for the alert SCC web page, it says on that web page, you're signing up to be notified of local events or regional emergencies" Nickel said.
Cather Cohen, a Palo Alto resident, thinks this will be positive for their area.
"I think it was actually a good thing for the community to be alerted."
In the future these notifications will be able to aid residents in becoming more aware of their Fire Company, as well as bringing the community closer to their first responders.