WARREN, NJ - Warren Township’s AM Alert Radio Station was placed into service on Oct. 25 and will transmit at AM Frequency 680kHz with a call sign of WPRF412 to improve communications with residents and commuters during times of emergency, the Township Committee announced.
The station will also be utilized to provide information on Township activities and community events.
The project, under the leadership of Jane Asch, Township OEM Coordinator, with the assistance of Chris Kastrud, Township Engineer, and Al Shjarback, Township Fire Marshal, has been in the process for over seven years. The total cost of the project is $57,351 of which $43,013 was funded through a FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Grant.
The Township Committee expresses their special thanks to Mt. Bethel Volunteer Fire Company for housing the station and to Mt. Bethel members, Fire Chief Mark Russo and Assistant Chief Mike LoSapio, for ensuring a smooth implementation.
Committeeman Mick Marion is pleased that this new method for providing information to residents will foster the Township Committee’s goals of improving the transmission of information during emergency situations.
The station will be under the management of the Office of Emergency Management and the Police Department. A station manager will be selected to institute policies and procedures and to ensure that the station is properlymaintained in accordance with FCC guidelines.
Committeeman George Lazo, who spear-headed the post-Superstorm Sandy evaluation of the Township’s emergency communications, expressed his thanks to the Office of Emergency Management and FEMA for providing Warren Township with the funding to provide for the installation of this station.