Sun City Palm Desert to Dedicate Emergency Radio Station, 1620 AM
SUN CITY PALM DESERT – Sun City Palm Desert will be one of the first homeowner associations in the nation to have its own emergency broadcast radio station, which will be dedicated at 9:35 a.m. Oct. 17, minutes before the state’s annual earthquake simulation.
Supervisor John J. Benoit will join Sun City Palm Desert’s emergency preparedness volunteers in the activation of this station. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held outside at the Sunset View Clubhouse Pavilion, 36-890 Del Webb Blvd.
The station, WQRG319 1620 AM, will have its first live broadcast at 10:17 a.m. in conjunction with the “Great California ShakeOut.” Sun City Palm Desert residents will receive earthquake preparedness tips during the drill.
“Sun City Palm Desert has always been at the forefront of emergency preparedness with state-of-the-art equipment and an organization of more than 600 volunteers trained to respond,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “With this radio station, residents will be able to get essential information even if power is cut off in an emergency.”
During an emergency, residents can tune in to 1620 AM from their emergency radio or car radio to listen to live updates on the air from the emergency radio broadcasting team in conjunction with the emergency preparedness incident commander and the community association management staff. The emergency information will come from public service agencies, such as the Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department and Public Health.
The Riverside County Fire Department provided the license to the station, which is the same type used by government agencies to provide for road conditions or weather reports. The station’s signal strength covers a radius of three to five miles from the transmitter antenna, located in the approximate center of the 1,600-acre property.
“We are very proud of having this radio station to broadcast information to residents in the event of emergency,” said Steve Bailey, president of the board of directors for Sun City Palm Desert. “Current and future residents who have the joy of living here will benefit by this new permanent enhancement to our well organized emergency operation.”