29 Nov 2010

City to Test Emergency Notification System between December 1 & 7

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City to Test Emergency Notification System between December 1 & 7 Posted Date: 11/29/2010 5:00 PM

An Outdoor Emergency Notification System has been installed along the Balboa Peninsula and in West Newport and the City of Newport Beach will intermittently test the new system between December 1 and 7.

The system consists of three emergency warning sirens that are connected to a control panel located at the Newport Beach Police Department. Each siren is approximately four feet high and is mounted on a blue, 50-foot pole. The sirens have been strategically placed in order for emergency signals to be heard in West Newport, along the Balboa Peninsula, and at Big Corona Beach.

– One siren is located at the end of Channel Road, near the entrance to West Jetty View Park and the Wedge. – The second is within Veterans Memorial Park at 15th Street & Bay Avenue. – The third siren is near the handball courts in West Newport Park, near 60th & Seashore.

The City staff and its contractor will be conducting final system checks between December 1 and 7. On Monday, December 6 at 12 p.m., the Mayor will be joined by Council members and City staff for the Inaugural Test of the siren tower located at 15th Street and Bay Avenue, in front of the American Legion.

Beginning in the new year, the system will be tested regularly – on the first Friday of each month at 12 p.m. – for a very short period at a reduced sound level. This monthly “first Friday” testing will begin on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12 p.m. When activated for actual emergency notifications, the sirens will sound for an extended time at a much higher sound level.

For more information about the City’s emergency preparedness efforts, please contact Matt Brisbois at mbrisbois@nbfd.net, Katie Eing at keing@nbfd.net, or call 949-644-3112.

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