Long Beach officials test Neighborhood Emergency Team Program ahead of future disasters

The alert system relies on footwork instead of electricity.

The alert system relies on footwork instead of electricity. (10/24/13)

LONG BEACH - Long Beach emergency officials tested a new communication system Thursday night to prepare for another major disaster.

Police conducted a test-run of the Neighborhood Emergency Team Program throughout the city. The alert system, which relies on footwork instead of electricity, was developed after downed power lines left residents without a means to connect during Hurricane Sandy.

The system features neighborhood and block coordinators who go door-to-door and give people updates. For the test, homeowners were required to stand outside with a blue candle so a police helicopter could count the number of affected residents.

The results of the flyover are likely to be available on Friday.  

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