Industry eyes mobile disaster hub

first_img “We would not have to tie up the station’s communications system,” he said. Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Although the specifics of the collaboration have not yet been worked out, Industry Mayor Dave Perez said the plan is that the city will buy a new recreational vehicle and modify to specifications requested by the Sheriff’s Department. It could end up costing around $200,000, he said. And the department would then add another $30,000-$50,000 in communications equipment. Murakami said deputies have learned from disasters that communication breakdowns can cripple relief efforts. “Say we had a major earthquake that knocked down bridges, say it cut off Azusa Avenue and Hacienda and we needed to get heavy equipment there right away,” he said. “That would pretty much trap us on this side of the railroad tracks. With the command center, we could use radios get heavy equipment crews from the city over there right away to clear the roads and let us do our work.” It also would increase the lines of communication, he said. INDUSTRY — In the wake of natural disasters in the United States and abroad, authorities are looking into creating a mobile command center that would serve as a communications hub for the southern part of the San Gabriel Valley in the event of a major earthquake. The Industry City Council this week voted unanimously to have its staff determine what it would take to buy and outfit a vehicle that would could be used by deputies at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Industry Station. “The reality is that a big earthquake is eventually going to hit California,” said Lt. Tim Murakami. “There is no telling how much damage it will do. If an earthquake strikes, it could damage the station or knock out communications. In that case, we could actually operate like a station out of the command center.” The command center also could serve as a staging area for police standoffs or responses to transportation disasters, he said.last_img read more