Press ReleasePress ReleaseCity of Laguna Beach
John Pietig, City Manager

505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-0704
Fax: (949) 497-0771

2/27/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 19-005
 
Subject :Wireless Emergency Alert and Outdoor Warning System Test
Contact :Jordan Villwock    949-497-0389
    jvillwock@lagunabeachcity.net

The City of Laguna Beach will be testing our recently acquired Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system simultaneously with our Downtown Outdoor Warning System on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. In the event of a real emergency, both these systems can be activated to provide lifesaving instructions to residents and visitors. The systems may be utilized for all hazards or disasters where immediate action from the public is necessary.

The WEA system is similar to the Amber Alert system in which you will hear a loud tone on your phone along with receiving a text message which will state the following: Laguna Beach Emergency Alert TEST. No action is required. Details www.lagunabeachcity.net. This text message will be sent to all cell phones within the City of Laguna Beach on Wednesday, March 6th at 3:00 p.m. and does not require you to register. The text message will include a link to the city’s website with a survey where residents and visitors can provide feedback.

Laguna Beach’s Downtown Outdoor Warning System differs from others within Orange County as it provides verbal instructions along with a siren as opposed to just a siren. Specific emergency announcements can be broadcasts over any one (or more) of the three speakers which are located at City Hall, Main Beach, and Heisler Park. If you are in the Downtown Outdoor Warning System coverage area, outlined in the map below, you will hear a recorded message clearly indicating that it is a test.

The City of Aliso Viejo will also be testing their independent Wireless Emergency Alert system at the same time.

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