PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

1/17/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:011719A
Subject:
Earthquake Early Warning Mobile Phone Application Now Available to the Public
Contact:
Reginald Harrison
Director
Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
562.570.9250
Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov




The earthquake early warning system that the City of Long Beach has been beta testing since 2014 is now available to residents in Los Angeles County as a mobile phone application (app). Seismologists and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists recently announced the rollout of the first phase of an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast.

"Seconds count when it comes to surviving an earthquake. This is technology that residents in Long Beach and throughout the county have been waiting for,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I encourage residents to download this app and follow the instructions provided.”

The ShakeAlertLA app is designed to notify the public of a significant tremblor before the shaking occurs. Several seconds of advance notice could be provided depending on the magnitude of the earthquake and the distance of individuals from the epicenter of the earthquake.

The app is now available for download for Apple and Android phones. Those who download the app will receive a push alert seconds before an earthquake hits Los Angeles County. Alerts will be sent to phones for earthquakes 5.0 in magnitude or higher. The app does not need to be open for users to receive the alert. Tips to prepare and recover from an earthquake are also available on the app.

“We have beta tested this system for the past four years, and it has demonstrated a high degree of accuracy in providing warnings about earthquakes,” said Reggie Harrison, Director of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications. “With early warning, residents can protect themselves.”

The push alert system will be triggered by the U.S. Geological Survey early warning system, ShakeAlert, which has about 400 sensors in Southern California and more in Oregon and Washington.

The City of Los Angeles approved a $300,000 contract for the design, creation, and deployment of the earthquake warning app.

The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Communications has information on earthquake preparedness available in English and Spanish at https://bit.ly/2mN5jaD.  

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

The mission of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is to protect the lives and property of the community and first responders through comprehensive planning, training and communication to ensure that daily requests for emergency services, as well as preparedness, response, and recovery from major emergencies and disasters is completed in an effective and efficient manner.

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