Paradise to place early warning siren towers in 21 locations

The Town of Paradise is moving forward with ways to protect people from future wildfires.

Posted: Nov 10, 2020 6:21 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Town of Paradise is working to implement an early warning alert system.

“Residents whether they are here now or are planning to move back, will feel safer living in Paradise with an early warning system," said Disaster Recovery Director, Katie Simmons. 

Simmons said that this alert system is a priority in Paradise's recovery process.

“Our siren tower would be tied into all of our other emergency alert systems," said Simmons. "So the siren tower, for example, may be sending out siren sound and a verbal announcement with instructions and their phones could be going off at the same time and their TV’s sending out alerts as well.”

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If approved, one of the proposed siren towers would be placed at the Paradise Police Department.

“These 21 locations really help us place these siren towers in places where the sounds would be audible throughout the town," said Simmons. 

People in Paradise think this is necessary.

“I think it’s awesome because the day of the Camp Fire it was really scary and there was no alert system," explained Paradise resident, Elaine Marler.

“I think it is really important for how difficult it was for people to evacuate from the Camp Fire and think it would just be really helpful for everyone,” shared Paradise resident, Jordyn Peterson. 

The Paradise Town Council will be presented with a plan Tuesday night that will include estimated costs and proposed locations.

In March of next year, the Town of Paradise will be submitting its application for implementation and construction on the early warning system.

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