During an emergency, local officials and emergency managers must provide the public with life-saving information quickly. The City of Huntington Beach uses multiple methods to provide information to the public, such as the Emergency Alerting System (EAS), AlertOC, HBTV 3, etc. Once an emergency notification from public safety officials is delivered, follow the instructions provided.
The EAS system is a national public warning system that requires AM/FM radio stations, TV and cable TV systems to provide federal, state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information. Although most stations will broadcast EAS messages, 107.9 KWVE is Orange County's primary broadcast station and will broadcast all EAS messages.
The EAS system will be activated and will provide instructions on actions to take before, during and after an emergency. If you receive an EAS message, DO NOT call 911 for information. This congests the 911 system and could prevent someone with a life threatening emergency from receiving services.
Huntington Beach has sirens located at all eight city fire stations. The sirens are tested on the First Friday of each month at noon. The sirens may be activated for ANY impending emergency and is NOT specific to any one emergency. If you hear the sirens, and it is NOT the first Friday of the month, turn on your television and radio (107.9FM, KWVE) and await further instructions.
AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep Orange County residents and businesses informed of emergencies and certain community events. By registering with AlertOC, time-sensitive voice messages from the County or City in which you live or work, may be sent to your home, cell or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to cell phones, e-mail accounts and hearing impaired receiving devices.
To register, visit www.alertoc.org.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department charges for emergency medical services and ambulance transportation. However, residents can join the FireMed Program and protect their out-of-pocket costs! Read more about the FireMed Program.