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GIVE INPUT ON CREATING A SIREN SYSTEM FOR OUTDOOR PUBLIC WARNINGS
Use City online forum designed for civility

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 02, 2019) - Use the City of Berkeley's online forum to weigh in on whether the City Council should approve a proposal to purchase, install and maintain an outdoor public warning system.

The proposal recommends that the warning system sirens would be used as a supplement to other alert and warning technologies used in Berkeley and to coordinate it with adjoining jurisdictions.

This recommendation does not specify a specific siren brand or system. It recommends a system that provides the most cost-effective solution that would reliably cover the maximum number of Berkeley households possible, while offering enough flexibility to be integrated into a complete alerting.

Given the number of modern options for sirens, the high cost in purchase and replacement of such a system, and the additional employee that would be necessary to install and maintain the system, the Fire Department is researching options and alternatives.

If approved, costs would still have to be determined and the City Manager would refer this to the budget process for consideration of funding sources and prioritization with the overall needs of the city.

View and give input on this Berkeley Considers topic, which was selected by the Council Agenda Committee. Learn more by reading Item 27 on the May 14, 2019 agenda.

Registered users on Berkeley Considers can post their comments online with or without their name. Anyone can view registered comments. The goal of the forum is to broaden civic discourse in a constructive and civil manner.

On Berkeley Considers, each person on Council-focused topics will be allowed one comment, a feature enforced through registration and through the platform operator's analysis of 25 different fraud detection data points, such as IP addresses, browser identity and similarity between email addresses.

The forum will also be moderated so that comments comply with our guidelines for civility, which prohibits elements such as hate speech, personal attacks or obscene materials.

In the process, the intention is to create a more informed community and provide Council with a broader array of voices.

The platform is operated by OpenGov, which has used its software and services to broaden civic discourse around the country and Canada.

When registering, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is used only by OpenGov to identify statements from residents in and near Berkeley - so that users know which statements are from local residents. They will keep your information confidential, they do not accept advertising, and they will not share contact information, as noted in the company's Privacy Policy.

Of course, community members can, at any time, mail the full City Council through one email address: council@cityofberkeley.info.

Online forums are not social science, nor scientific polling. But, as with public comment, it is intended to provide the Council with additional data to help in its decision making process.

Look at the question before you. Consider what others are saying. Let the City Council know what you would like them to consider for Berkeley.

 

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