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Tuolumne Safe's
Outdoor Audible Alert System

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Tuolumne Safe’s Outdoor Audible Alert System Project

 

“We have to utilize all of our resources and partnerships to keep people safe,” said Tuolumne County Sheriff Bill Pooley. “This project will undoubtedly help save lives during an emergency.”

 

Twain Harte, CA - August 17, 2021 - Tuolumne Safe, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, who restored the evacuation route on Mt. Provo Road in 2020, today announced Phase 1 of an effort to provide Outdoor Audible Alert Systems (OAAS) in the communities of Strawberry, Cold Springs, and Groveland. An OAAS will notify residents of an active emergency, such as a wildfire, via an array of long-range outdoor loudspeakers.

 

This $120k project is already underway with a $40K grant from the technology provider HQE Systems, over $10k of contributions from Shirley Horn, Rachel and Andrew Sabatine of Around the Horn Brewing in Groveland, the Wemmer family and staff of Miner’s Mart from Big Oak Flat, and a donation forthcoming from TuCARE’s Community Wildfire Protection Fund. 

In order to get the alert system in place during this fire season, we need the community to rally now and raise the additional $65k.

 

Tuolumne Safe has secured installation locations in each community, in partnership with the following host entities:

  • Tri-Dam - Strawberry

  • Cold Springs Water Company - Cold Springs

  • Groveland Community Services District - Groveland

 

Future plans are to have every community stationed with audible alert systems. 

 

Tuolumne Safe is coordinating with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and OES to partner in public education aimed at helping residents understand what the audio sounds projected from the OAAS mean. “Audible emergency alert systems are life saving tools that are under control of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. An alert will sound and people will know that they need to immediately look for information related to their safety,” said Anaiah Kirk, President of Tuolumne Safe.

 

“We do not want to end up as another Paradise, which suffered a tragic loss of 86 lives in the Camp Fire”, said Tuolumne Safe Director Terry Northcutt. “This network of systems will save lives if we ever find ourselves in such a situation.”

 

Tuolumne Safe

22709 Twain Harte Dr

Twain Harte, CA 95383

 

California Non Profit EIN: #85-2534165

Media Contact: Mel Kirk 209.352.0122

Tuolumne Safe’s Outdoor Audible Alert System Project Update #1

 

Twain Harte, CA - August 27, 2021 - Tuolumne Safe, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is pleased to announce that it has raised $84k in grants and donations since for Phase 1 of an effort to provide Outdoor Audible Alert Systems (OAAS) in the communities of Strawberry, Cold Springs, and Groveland since the project was announced on August 16, 2021. 

 

Technology provider HQE Systems is scheduled to conduct site surveys and to install the alert systems starting next week. 

 

“We’ve got the equipment we need ordered, technology vendor contracts signed, and the critical partnerships in place. We are rolling,” said Matt Nutting, Tuolumne Safe Board Member. “Thank you to all who have donated so far, and I would encourage the community to visit our website to learn how they can donate - hopefully we can get this remaining $35k locked in and be done with the fundraising.”

 

Tuolumne Safe would like to emphasize that the long term goal is to have every community stationed with outdoor audible alert systems. Phase 1 of the project is helping establish a partnership model that can then be deployed throughout the county. 

 

Tuolumne Safe has secured installation locations in each community, in partnership with the following host entities: Tri-Dam (Strawberry), Cold Springs Water Company (Cold Springs), and Groveland Community Services District (Groveland). Tuolumne Safe is coordinating the effort with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and OES. 

 

For more information and to make tax deductible donations, please visit www.tuolumnesafe.org.

 

Tuolumne Safe

22709 Twain Harte Dr

Twain Harte, CA 95383

 

California Non Profit EIN: #85-2534165

Media Contact: Mel Kirk 209.352.0122

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Mount Provo Rd

Tuolumne Safe is proud to announce a successful fundraising effort for the organization's first
project, “Mt. Provo Road.” Over $14,000 was donated to provide transportation, compacting,

and grading for $11,500 worth of road rock donated by Blue Mountain Minerals. Completion of
the project provides an emergency evacuation route for the residents of Ponderosa Hills.


Tuolumne Safe would like to recognize the generous donors who contributed to the campaign:


Sonora Area Foundation’s Community Recovery Fund awarded a grant in the amount of
$10,000, which was made possible by donations from other donor funds held at SAF including
the TuCARE Community Wildfire Protection Fund, Tuolumne Sunrise Fund, Shane & Perkins
Charitable Fund, Helm Family Fund, and Caldwell Insurance Community Fund.


Donations from local Tuolumne County businesses include $1,500 from Coleman & Horowitt,
LLP Attorneys At Law, $1000 from Healy Homes, Inc., and $500 each from The Law Offices of
Nathan Nutting and MGK Visions, Inc.


Donations from local Tuolumne County residents were made by Cody Ritts, Curtis Doy, Abigail
Oliva, Barbara Farkas, Joshua Milborne, Kaenan Whitman, Isabel Fernandez, Gary Geisenhofer,
Debra Faustino, Emily Memmer, Mark & Joan Grantham, Helen Betzler, Sarah Calabrese, Josh &
Julie Price, Stephen Woodward, Sheri Sanders, Kyle Dooley, Scarlett Kirk, and John Tyler.


A special thanks to Neon Media Co. for donating web services.


Further announcements related to the Mt. Provo Road project will be made in the near future.

The first project, “Mt. Provo Road,” is aimed at fixing the emergency evacuation route for Ponderosa Hills residents. To date, over $150,000 in donations have been made to complete the first phase of the project, which includes major contributions from Frontier Communications and the USFS, who worked together to move communication lines at Frontier’s cost. CAL FIRE filled the deep ruts and graded the road, and SMCI volunteered a water tender with water access provided by Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD).

 

Tuolumne Safe is raising $13,000 in completion funding to pay the cost of trucking 27 loads of road base rock, which has been donated by Blue Mountain Minerals. Tuolumne Safe is looking for a local company to compact the rock once it has been transported to the site. There is an extreme sense of urgency as Tuolumne County is now in peak fire season.

 

A small $5 donation fixes a foot of roadway, and a $500 donation provides over 120 linear feet of road. Additionally, trucking companies or solo operators can donate to the project by the truck load. All donations, whether financial, equipment, materials, etc. are tax deductible.

 

Prior to public announcement, the following local businesses have donated a combined $3,000 towards the Mt. Provo Road project: Coleman & Horowitt, LLP, Attorneys At Law, Healy Homes, Inc., The Law Offices of Nathan Nutting, and MGK Visions, Inc