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Emergency Alert Test Today

The City of Laguna Beahc will be testing our recently aquired Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system simulataneously with our Downtown Outdoor Warning systme on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. In the event of a real emergency, both 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 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 broadcast 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 cover area, 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. 

For more informatino about the tests, please contact Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock at jvillwock@lagunabeachcity.net  or (949) 497-0389.