Santa Cruz County residents encouraged to buy NOAA emergency weather radios

Santa Cruz County emergency leaders are adding NOAA Emergency Weather radios as a new tool for alerts and warnings during disasters. Residents living in high fire danger or remote areas are encouraged to buy one.After the CZU Fire, community members voiced concern about communication issues–because landlines and cell phone service were down during the fire.They’ve now added a tool that may provide more information during a disaster.”It’s going to be an effective way to tell you this is what’s happening. This is what you need to be concerned about,” said Dave Reid, Santa Cruz County Response, Recovery & Resilience director.NOAA emergency weather radios are being touted as a new tool for alerts and warnings during disasters.The county is encouraging residents in high fire danger areas to purchase them as we head into the peak of fire season.”It’s a voice radio notification so we can be very specific. It will go out to everybody that has the radio. We’ll be able to change the notification if something changes 2, 3, 4 hours later, we’ll be able to use that tool multiple times.” Reid said.Residents are asked to also sign up for codeRED alerts through the 911 center’s website.click on the CodeRED bannerAnd there’s an evacuation management tool you can also enroll in.Know your evacuation zoneFor years, the Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Service has been the backbone of support in emergencies. There are more than 75 ham radio operators throughout the county.”Our work will be to help link together groups, areas, perhaps evacuations that are having communication difficulties,” said John Gerhardt, Santa Cruz Amateur Radio Service District emergency coordinator.Disaster can strike at any time, so leaders said it’s important to be prepared ahead of time”As part of the emergency kit we do think about things like a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, but of course, we want to make sure if we have pets we have a plan available for them,” said Cari Dighton, Red Cross regional communications director.

Santa Cruz County emergency leaders are adding NOAA Emergency Weather radios as a new tool for alerts and warnings during disasters.

Residents living in high fire danger or remote areas are encouraged to buy one.

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After the CZU Fire, community members voiced concern about communication issues–because landlines and cell phone service were down during the fire.

They’ve now added a tool that may provide more information during a disaster.

“It’s going to be an effective way to tell you this is what’s happening. This is what you need to be concerned about,” said Dave Reid, Santa Cruz County Response, Recovery & Resilience director.

NOAA emergency weather radios are being touted as a new tool for alerts and warnings during disasters.

The county is encouraging residents in high fire danger areas to purchase them as we head into the peak of fire season.

“It’s a voice radio notification so we can be very specific. It will go out to everybody that has the radio. We’ll be able to change the notification if something changes 2, 3, 4 hours later, we’ll be able to use that tool multiple times.” Reid said.

Residents are asked to also sign up for codeRED alerts through the 911 center’s website.

click on the CodeRED banner

And there’s an evacuation management tool you can also enroll in.

Know your evacuation zone

For years, the Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Service has been the backbone of support in emergencies. There are more than 75 ham radio operators throughout the county.

“Our work will be to help link together groups, areas, perhaps evacuations that are having communication difficulties,” said John Gerhardt, Santa Cruz Amateur Radio Service District emergency coordinator.

Disaster can strike at any time, so leaders said it’s important to be prepared ahead of time

“As part of the emergency kit we do think about things like a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, but of course, we want to make sure if we have pets we have a plan available for them,” said Cari Dighton, Red Cross regional communications director.

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