Currently, beach and water evacuations are done by lifeguards using bullhorns and walking the beach to inform each person individually.
LA County now has a pilot for an Evacuation System that is more efficient and is inclusive of the deaf community.
LA County Safety Officer, Randy Dean, is the brainchild of Beach Emergency Evacuation Light System or BEELS. Mr. Dean has 2 adult children who are hard-of-hearing and he designed an evacuation alert system that would better alert the deaf community. BEELS uses flashing lights and a loud audio system that can be seen and heard even in the water.
The events that require water evacuations include:
- Shark sightings
- Oil spills
- Rip Currents
The events that require whole beach evacuations include:
- Lightning Strikes
- Terrorist attacks
- Tsunami Warnings
- Any even that compromise the safety and well being of beach patrons and workers
Attached is the presentation about BEELS. LA County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program at Torrance Beach and plans to expand the program to Redondo Beach. LA County will be presenting this program at the Redondo Beach Council on Tuesday, February 4.