Town of Paradise awarded grant for "Early Warning System"

The town says this project is a top priority in the 2019 Paradise Long Term Recovery Plan.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 5:26 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - A grant has been provided to Paradise for the planning and design of an early warning system, something the town says has been a top priority in the 2019 Paradise Long Term Recovery Plan.

The town says in early-August, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and California Office of Emergency Management Services awarded a "Hazard Mitigation Grant" to the town.

The benefits of an early warning system, the town said, include the ability to communicate specific messages for emergency events, like a fire. This is something to be used in addition to CodeRed, to provide timely alerts.

“After the Camp Fire, we can all agree communication during a rapidly evolving emergency incident is key," said Lauren Gill, Paradise Town Manager. "Our Town Council and community have clearly expressed the desire for an early warning system in Paradise, especially as we continue to rebuild and recover. This project is the first step in making this critical public safety infrastructure a reality."

Once the design of the system is completed later this year, the town will then submit a follow-up application to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for consideration of construction funding.

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