Early Warning Loudspeaker Systems to be Tested in Marina del Rey

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors will test several different early warning loudspeaker systems at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey, Supervisor Don Knabe announced recently.

Several companies are competing for the County’s use of their device. The equipment is being considered as part of a mass notification warning system for residents and visitors in Marina del Rey in the event of impending danger from either a natural or human-made disaster. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., each vendor will give a brief presentation, and at 12:00 p.m. the actual tests of the devices will commence.

Three or four different devices will be tested; each device will be tested for approximately 30-45 seconds. The tests will include both siren tones (hi-low and wail) and voice broadcasts. For people in and around Burton Chace park the devices will be quite loud, but well within OSHA safety limits. The effective audible range of the devices will be an approximate 3,000 foot radius. Sheriff’s Deputies will be deployed in the park during the testing to maintain a distance between the devices and the public and to advise patrons.

If you have questions please contact Marina del Rey’s Sheriff’s Station Harbor Operations, Sergeant Mike Carriles, at 310-482-6033.