Thanks in part to a grant from the Sierra Madre Community Foundation, the city’s Community Emergency Response Team will outfit its newly purchased communications vehicle. The van, originally a KABC news vehicle, and more recently a communications center for amateur rocket launches, will become part of Sierra Madre’s comprehensive communications network which will allow for video, radio, and Internet access through a “mesh network” following a major disaster. Other partners include the Sierra Madre Emergency Communications Team. The broad-based system will connect Sierra Madre to a network from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
The Sierra Madre Community Foundation also recently awarded grants to two annual city traditions: the Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Camp Out and the Mt. Wilson Trail Race’s Kids Fun Run.
“We are so excited to support the efforts of these local organizations,” said Michelle Keith, SMCF Chair. “Through the generous gifts from Sierra Madre residents, local businesses and other caring individuals, combined with the local oversight from our board, SMCF continues to be committed to ensuring Sierra Madre remains a unique community and valued neighborhood. These grants are great examples of Invest Local-Support Local.”