AM 1670 city radio has a new voice

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Spring this year promises to bring not only warmer weather, but also hope and renewal. It is a beautiful time of year. Get vaccinated and go out and enjoy all we have to offer around Lafayette. While you enjoy spring, prepare for summer and, sadly, wildfire season. Below is a discussion of some resources that are important to be aware of as spring inevitably turns into summer.

You probably already know that the town of Lafayette operates a community emergency and information radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on AM 1670. The station is designed to provide residents of Lafayette and Lamorinda with news and information that citizens can listen to at any time, especially during emergencies. The station can be heard on Hwy 24 from Orinda to Pleasant Hill. Be sure to set a button on your car stereo to AM 1670. If the power, internet, or cell phone service is cut off, you can still tune to the station in your car or on a battery-powered AM radio.

What you may not know is that the Lafayette Community Information and Emergency Radio Station has a new voice, and that voice is helping to disseminate the latest COVID-19 public health information to listeners to AM 1670. Thanks to a community volunteer, who in the spirit of service to others – or as Lafayette’s first mayor, Donn Black called it, “the community spirit” – we have now produced professionally aired radio spots detailing important public health notices and emergency messages.

We are fortunate to have a volunteer (he wishes to remain anonymous) who has been an amateur radio operator since the age of 13 and has been involved in emergency services. He has also worked as a radio presenter and public television presenter and generously volunteers his time to produce radio spots for AM 1670. You can hear his work on the radio station or online at bit.ly/LafayetteRadio1670AM. We are grateful to our anonymous volunteer and all of our other volunteers for the many ways they are committed to helping Lafayette.

Funding of emergency services: This month, the city of Lafayette received a Community Energy Resilience Grant in the amount of $ 249,749 from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The funds will be used to purchase generators for essential facilities and redundant emergency communications. The city can also use the grant to develop or update contingency plans related to power outages, wildfires and other disasters. The grant is in response to forest fire-related power outages, such as the PG&E public safety power cuts that plagued much of Lamorinda last year, and will go a long way in making Lafayette safer for us. all.

Get Firewise: The Lafayette Emergency Preparedness Commission, in partnership with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, invites you to join the Firewise USA program, an approach focused on reducing and managing the risk of Forest fire. Firewise communities can be as small as eight houses or as large as 2,500. In Moraga and Orinda, for example, existing Firewise communities range from 10 houses to over 400.

It’s easy to create your own Firewise USA community. First, form a small neighborhood committee that can identify the boundaries and size of your community. Then get a written fire risk assessment from ConFire that will identify fire risk reduction and areas where improvements could be made. Finally, complete an online Firewise application at portal.firewise.org. Get Firewise now and involve your neighbors and friends to prepare for the next wildfire season. For more information, contact Taylor King of ConFire at tking@cccfpd.org. See you next month with more stories around Lafayette.

Jeffrey Heyman can be contacted at jheyman@lovelafayette.org. Follow him and the City of Lafayette on Twitter at @JeffHeyman and @LoveLafayette.


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