Along with the City's Website, the City of El Segundo has several alert and notification systems that are used to inform the public during an emergency or disaster.
Emergency Notifications from the City to You The City of El Segundo utilizes the Everbridge Mass Notification System for citizen alerts to be delivered to subscribers free of charge. This system provides emergency notifications by using the reverse 911 system to communicate alerts to thousands of businesses and residents within minutes. The system also allows end users to receive these announcements by home phone, cell phone, text messages and email. The City of El Segundo strongly encourages all residents and business owners to sign up for Everbridge and receive free alerts and notifications from the City. You can also customize how to receive the information, whether home phone, cell phone, or email.
Nixle Alerts from the EL Segundo Police Department The El Segundo Police Department has added a new communication service that sends pertinent and timely information that will assist the community in their daily lives, such as street closures, community events and police activity to name a few. This service does not replace the Everbridge critical incident notification system currently utilized, but focuses on different types of situations. The Nixle Community Information System allows the El Segundo Police Department to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribers free of charge instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com. Residents, community members, business owners, and employees in El Segundo can immediately begin receiving information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com. All Nixle alerts sent by the Police Department are also instantly published on the department’s Facebook page and Twitter account.
Emergency Alert System (EAS) The Emergency Alert System is designed for the broadcast media to disseminate emergency public information. This system enables the President, and federal, state, and local governments to communicate with the general public through commercial broadcast stations. The City, or County of Los Angeles, would issue an EAS alert during a large emergency or disaster to warn people of potential dangers, and give directions on what to do. EAS can also be accessed at federal, state, and local levels to transmit essential information to the public (as seen on television stations for testing the system). The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to specific areas. In El Segundo and throughout Los Angeles County, the two designated local programming stations are: KFI (AM) 640 KHz Los Angeles and KNX (AM) 1070 kHz Los Angeles. Citizens will be directed to view or listen to emergency instructions in the event of a major disaster or emergency through EAS messages.
El Segundo Cable TV The City’s Municipal Cable Television channels will provide the public with alerting and notification of various disaster situations. City TV will provide directions to the citizens via scrolled information. This includes a leader that will scroll across any TV station that is turned on, directing viewers to tune to their local cable channel for more information.
AM 1040 Radio A low-power AM radio station has been installed in the City of El Segundo. The system was funded under a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety and CalTrans. The station (WPWA745) can be found at 1040 AM on your radio dial. The station provides recorded information of interest to the community in ten to fifteen second sound bytes, and in an emergency it can be re-programmed to provide emergency information and instructions. The system’s main objective is to increase local motorists’ awareness and promote traffic safety, but also to provide a resource for the City during an emergency. The system will be used to announce road closures and modifications such as during parades, street parties, and other special events, but also will be the source of information following a significant earthquake or other local emergency. Residents should get into the habit of listening to the station for a few minutes each day to become familiar with the system. Signage to direct the community to access the system has been installed along major travel routes in the City (Sepulveda Blvd., Main St., Center St., Mariposa Ave., and Grand Ave.).