Civic Federation Resolution
Resolution in Support of a Community-Wide System of Permanent Sirens for Emergency Notification Purposes
Adopted November 11, 2003
Whereas, the events of September 11, 2001 as well as the potential for natural disaster occurrences warrant a broad spectrum of systems for emergency notification of the Arlington general public;
Whereas, a citizen body, the Citizen Corps Council Communications Task Group has carefully researched modern technology and has determined that a modern permanently mounted siren system installed in Arlington County, with its dense population centers and small geographic area, would be effective in reaching a significant percentage of Arlington residents and workers, particularly those who are out-of-doors and those with no access to other means of emergency alert;
Whereas, current technology affords highly reliable and robust systems with reasonably low maintenance expenses when coupled with a dual activation means via a central ground station controlled by Arlington's Director of Emergency Management;
Whereas, modern siren systems possess the capability for emergency public address, providing additional and timely instructions on necessary safety measures;
Whereas, the cost of installing complete coverage of Arlington's geography is less than $500,000 with average anticipated annual maintenance costs of less than $10,000;
Whereas, the efficacy of sirens has been borne out by the fact that many Arlingtonians in the vicinity of the Pentagon were informed of a problem via the siren that currently exists at National Airport;
Whereas, other jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, most notably Norfolk, are pursuing permanent sirens as part of their public warning infrastructure;
Be It Resolved by the Arlington County Civic Federation that the County Board and County Manager are requested to pursue the implementation of a permanently-mounted siren system, either as part of a regional system or independently, for warning the residents and workers of Arlington County;
And Be It Further Resolved that the Arlington County Civic Federation recommends a collaborative effort on sirens [activation, placement, cost] between the County government and the various military installations located within the boundaries of Arlington County.
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