(The County is getting an Early Earthquake Warning System)….The system is being purchased through a grant.
Tony Rouhotas, Director of the local Office of Emergency Services and County Fire Chief, told the Board of Supervisors the grant was made available through the Hazard Mitigation Program. The County applied for grants following the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 2010. The $250,000 grant is for the purchase and establish the system. He said technology developed allows the system to pick up on a P Wave, which is an indicator that earthquake activity is taking place. The system is capable of determining a 5.0 magnitude or larger earthquake on a Richter scale approximately 30 seconds before the earthquake is felt. Initial recipients of the system will be; Imperial County Fire Department, the Sheriff’s Office, Imperial Irrigation District, police and fire departments in Brawley, Calexico, El Centro and Calipatria, and both local hospitals. Rouhotas said they are discussing connecting the system to KXO Radio, the emergency broadcast station, for immediate public warnings. He said Baja and Mexicali officials are interested in purchasing a system that would connect into Imperial Counties system. Coachella Valley already has one.