Azusa officials hope early warning siren succeeds with second try

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But Azusa officials hope the kinks have been worked out and the early warning system will be heard loud and clear 6:30 tonight when it goes through routine testing on state Highway 39 near the base of Angeles National Forest. The siren was acquired through Community Awareness and Emergency Response organizations. Councilman Keith Hanks, who said he never heard the first test, will have his ears perked up tonight. “It wasn’t loud,” Hanks said. “I’ll be at 10th and Vernon for the dedication of an (Azusa) Light and Water building and listening on ham radio. “I certainly hope it succeeds,” he said. AZUSA — Everybody deserves a second chance. City officials will retest a siren tonight that gave a disappointing performance during its inaugural test in June. Some observers said the $20,000 siren, installed to warn residents of impending disasters, came off more like the sound of a saw, a computer fan or a Stanley Steemer carpet cleaner. Some say they never heard it during its two-minute test. City Manager Fran Delach said the siren still needs to be louder. As a matter of routine, the siren will be tested twice a year, in April — Earthquake Preparedness Month — and October — Fire Prevention Month, to remind residents to check smoke alarms and provide adequate brush clearance if living next to the foothills. City officials hope tonight’s test does not cause a panic. “We are asking people not to call 9-1-1,” said city spokesman Martin Quiroz. In a true emergency, residents would also see and hear emergency vehicles and personnel evacuating the area, Quiroz said. Visit www.ci.azusa.ca.us for more information under the Police Department emergency services link. Marianne Love can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108, or by e-mail at marianne.love@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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