The board of supervisors on Tuesday approved the creation of an emergency alert system for residents of several Riverside County communities in the San Bernardino National Forest, intended to provide them with a means to receive alerts about threats. forest fires and other disasters.
The Idyllwild and San Jacinto Mountains Emergency Outdoor Warning System will involve placing loudspeakers in fire stations, schools, water district buildings, camps, and other locations designated for broadcast. ” critical information during any type of public emergency that could have an impact on movement or create conditions that justify precautionary measures to stay safe.
The system will further include non-emergency “traveler information stations”, informing visitors to mountain communities of delays and potential disruptions from one location to another.
The Facilities Management Department, in conjunction with the Emergency Management Department, selected San Diego-based Genasys Inc. to manage the design and construction of the speaker network.
An initial credit of $ 210,768 has been approved by the board. The funds were part of a grant from the US Department of Homeland Security.
The Mile High Radio Club is a partner in the project, a voluntary organization that relies on amateur ‘ham’ operators in all mountain communities, including Garner Valley and Poppet Flats, to disseminate timely information on conditions. weather and other potential impacts.
The five-phase project is expected to last at least two years.