ADVISORY: Camp Pendleton emergency warning system malfunctioning; residents advised to disregard at this time

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Issue 15, Volume 18.

FALLBROOK - North County Fire Protection District has asked the Village News to notify online readers that the new emergency loudspeaker system on Camp Pendleton began malfunctioning at approx. 5 p.m. this evening (Wed., April 9). Residents are asked to disregard any notices they may hear at this time (emergencies, evacuations, etc.).

Evidently the installer had been testing the unit today and problems began after hours.



Comment Profile Imagejas
Comment #1 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm
whew thank you village news... I and the neighbors were packing our animals..
Comment Profile Imageyose
Comment #2 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Thanks goodness, getting ready to start packing up myself. Thank you again Village News for the update.
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #3 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm
Oh my goodness - my daughter was freaking out and packing up the car - calling everyone in Fallbrook ... that said, no, I didn't hear anything.

This evacuation notice is going to be awesome for us in Fallbrook when it is truly real and we need to evacuate. Too many times we see Camp P fires and don't know what we should do....stay or leave.

I remember back in the day when the Fire Dept would sound their horn to let us know of emergencies - also the 10:00 curfew for the young people to get off the streets.

Hopefully VN posts is just a little bit quicker so we know it's a test only...or get outta town.
Comment Profile Imagethanks
Comment #4 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm
Wow... Fallbrook Village News: We thought you would respond to this much earlier. We scoured Google, North County Fire after hearing over a loudspeaker that there was a wildfire and to evacuate immediately. This new emergency loudspeaker system might have malfunctioned with this warning but a follow-up message could have easily been transmitted alerting residents that this was a "test" or "malfunction". Instead, panic most likely ensued in many house-holds.
Comment Profile ImageCMAC
Comment #5 | Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm
Since 5 pm, with sirens blaring and announcements of a stage 3 wildfire warranting an immediate evacuation, I thought I was the only one that heard it. I even drove to my nearby fire station in Morro Hills and they said they knew nothing about it and didn't hear a thing. Nothing was on the news, even though the sirens and announcements were going off in the background. A phone call to the Sheriff station at 6 pm reported that they were testing the system. A test? Thanks for the malfunction update TVN!
Comment Profile ImageLeslie
Comment #6 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:05 am
Just FYI, that's the Fallbrook Naval Weapons Station, not Camp Pendleton.
Comment Profile ImageHmm
Comment #7 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 6:52 am
At least they have one..actually heard it very clearly..could see that there was no smoke..much clearer than the helicopter...thanks VN as many of us were saying"whaaaaaaat?"
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #8 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:57 am
So this is what our HARD-EARNED taxes get us?

A military that can't even set up a . . . loudspeaker. But they're sure good at killin' people all over the world!
Comment Profile ImageFalbrkgal
Comment #9 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 8:30 am
Don't cry wolf!
Comment Profile ImageAJN
Comment #10 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:02 am
We were very concerned as we could hear the siren, and could make out the words "wildfire" and "evacuate immediately". I thought we might get a reverse 911 if we needed to go, but finally ended up calling the sheriff's department to see what was necessary. I was patiently told "it was a drill of some sort on base." I apologized to the operator for taking her time and she told me that they had been getting many calls and not to worry about it. It will be a great system when we really need it.
Comment Profile ImageOneLove
Comment #11 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:19 am
EPIC FAIL! Everyone was freaking out and loading up pets to leave. Thank you for clarifying we aren't going to burn to death.
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #12 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:40 am
Yes, it was scary - but I am very excited if/when it works properly and are told to evacuate for real in Fallbrook-The military is going to know before us if/when a terrorist attack or a dangerously close fire!!

@Leslie - Fallbrook doesn't have a Naval Weapons Station - Camp P is one big Navy-Marine Corp-240 sq miles- which includes the Naval Weapons Station.
Comment Profile ImageMe
Comment #13 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm
@DR DR, Camp Pendleton and the Naval Weapons Station are two separate entities.
Comment Profile ImageNWS Historian
Comment #14 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm
Naval Ammunition Depot Fallbrook (Now Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Fallbrook Detachment) has always been separate from MCB Camp Pendleton. NAD Fallbrook came first. It was commissioned in February 1942, several months before MCB Camp Pendleton. A few years ago there was a study conducted and a plan formulated to incorporate NWS into MCB, but before it came to be, the Marine Corps decided against the project. So, NWS remains separate and distinct from MCB.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #15 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm
DR DR - NWS Seal Beach, Fallbrook Annex, is part of Seal Beach, not Camp Pendleton. It has different chain of command, different rules, different policies. Lee - the military did NOT set up that speaker - NWS Fallbrook annex is manned by civilians- YES, people like YOU, The warning system was designed, built and installed by civilians. But thank you on behalf of all my brothers, the military, esp. the Marine Corps is VERY good at killing people; nice to know you appreciate that.
Comment Profile ImageLeslie
Comment #16 | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm
NWS Historian: You're real close. The official name is Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Detachment Fallbrook (vice Fallbrook Detachment). It's my least favorite name of all the ones it's been known by in the years I've worked there. "Detachment Fallbrook" just sounds weird, you know? But, there it is.

By the way, the VN did a nice piece on it in February 2012 for its 70th anniversary.

And the Fallbrook Enterprise did a front page story on May 9, 1941, when the funding was approved to build it. (And, no, I wasn't around when that one was published.)
Comment Profile ImageApril
Comment #17 | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 5:50 am
The Village News also did an article stating they would be doing these loud speaker tests. I'm sure they're sorry for not posting sooner but they already notified us all over a week ago. Also they don't just sit at a desk 24/7 .... they're real people with real lives. And they do an outstanding job.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #18 | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 8:16 am
As usual Lee jumps the gun and comments without any supportable facts. What else is new.

I heard the sirens, went outside and looked. No smoke on the horizon so I assumed it was a test or an error and went back inside. No worries.
Comment Profile Imagemomz
Comment #19 | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:06 am
April #17 you are so right The VN did an article about these loud speaker test. We did not worry because we were prepared and notified thanks to The Village News !!!
Comment Profile Imagemom's apple pie
Comment #20 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 9:35 am
At least they can't burn us to the ground with loudspeakers like they can with their artillery drills conducted during Santa Ana conditions.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #21 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm
Mom, Fallbrook has never to my knowledge been burned by military action on Camp Pendleton. Please tell when it occurred.
Comment Profile Imagemom's apple pie
Comment #22 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:14 pm
Son, you might go out and pop off a few rounds indiscriminately , doesn't mean you get a free pass to keep shooting until the point you eventually hit somebody.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #23 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 8:42 am
@ #21 grunt

October 5, 2013. A few short days after the government was shut down. Out of spite by our military-industrial complex? Was this fire ever investigated as to why it occurred? Did our journalists pursue its investigation?

@ #20 & 22 mom's apple pie

I love you!
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #24 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm
Lee, I sincerely hope that when you die, you will leave your brain to science.

The fire you are speaking of was started on the Naval Weapons Station, and burned aboard Camp Pendleton. Fallbrook was never threatened. The hospital, which was housing wounded warriors at the time, had to be evacuated. Why, out of spite, would "they" want to burn down their own base? Sounds like the arsonist was someone with more of a, oh lets say, wacko thing about the military industrial complex .... perhaps a conspiracy theorist..??

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