Seismic Warning Systems customers have been using our earthquake warning products since 2001. We have many testimonials from them about their successful experiences.

Chief Blake Goetz

QuakeGuard Detects an Earthquake and Ignores Man-made Vibrations

Blake G. Goetz C.E.M., Fire Chief, Palm Springs Fire Department

After the installation our first seismic warning system at the headquarters fire station located at Palm Springs International Airport, we undertook an extensive fire station expansion. Being only 300 yards from the main runway, I was pleased to see that the earthquake monitor had not accidentally activated from the noise and vibration from arriving and departing aircraft since being installed one year before.

Next came the real test.

As the contractors demolished parts of the apparatus room and brought in heavy equipment to break apart the concrete apron that was up to 20" thick in some areas, the station was almost uninhabitable due to the constant noise, earthquake-like vibrations, and shaking and pounding of huge concrete breakers. I felt certain that we would encounter activation of the seismic monitoring system on the first day.

To my surprise, the system did not trigger or activate itself in any way during the two week demolition as I would have expected. The staff at Seismic Warning Systems assured me that these were not the type of vibrations and waves that their sensors would act upon.

To this day, I am still amazed that the system did not initiate the process of opening our apparatus room doors, turn on the lights, and announce that seismic motion had been detected over the station intercom speakers.

Based on this experience and the actual activation of the system during a 5.1 earthquake on October 31, 2001, the City Council has authorized the installation of four additional seismic warning systems. The citizens of Palm Springs will be better protected by the installation of the Seismic Warning System in each of its 5 fire stations.

Don Parker, Vallejo Fire Department

Experience with Jammed Doors Led to QuakeGuard Deployment in Vallejo

Don Parker, Fire Chief, Vallejo Fire Department

The shaking at Fire Station 5 caused the apparatus bay doors to wrack out of square, disabling the automatic roll up doors. I'm not sure if the trucks separated from their rails or not, but the doors would not work.

I was told by the firefighter's who were on duty at Station 5 that day, that they had to extricate themselves from the fire station. It probably took them 10 to 15 minutes get out of the fire house. Fire Station 5 is located a block or two from Cypress Street, I doubt that they would have made much difference at the site of freeway collapse, but then again, who knows?

The experience at Oakland Fire Department Fire Station 5 was my prime motivation for installing QuakeGuard in all of the 8 fire stations in Vallejo.

Ken van Meter, Superintendent, Milpitas Christian School

QuakeGuard is an Important Part of School's Safety Focus

Ken van Meter, Superintendent, Milpitas Christian School

The physical safety and well being of the children is of the highest priority here at Milpitas Christian Schools.

Because of our location close to the Hayward and Calaveras faults and the style of construction of this building with its extensive exposure to large windows, it seems wise to take advantage of every safety advance possible. The additional seconds of warning time provided by this system, when combined with our standard earthquake drills, will help to prevent potentially serious injuries. I am pleased to be the first school in the Silicon Valley to implement the QuakeGuard system.

The school response to an earthquake is different from a fire drill. With the distinctive tone and verbal warning provided by QuakeGuard, the teachers and students will have the training and emotional security to know that everything humanly possible has been done to ensure their safety.

Kevin Taylor, Paso Robles Fire Department

QuakeGuard Protects Fire Fighters during San Simeon Earthquake

Kevin Taylor, Battalion Chief, Paso Robles Fire Department

Seven firefighters and I were in the apparatus bay completing training.

We heard the earthquake alarm siren go off and the station's bay doors automatically opening. There was an approximately 1-3 second gap between the siren and the beginning of the earthquake. We immediately exited the building via the roll-up doors.

During our exit from the building we noted that the apparatus bay doors were violently shaking in their tracks and that the engine and truck were swaying back and forth. Some of the firefighters had the impression that the aerial truck would hit the wall of the apparatus bay.

In our opinion, the automatic opening of the apparatus bay doors and the alarm were beneficial.

Steve Patterson, Principal, Baymonte Christian School

QuakeGuard is Part of Our Preparations for a San Andreas Earthquake

Steve Patterson, Superintendent, Baymonte Christian School

The QuakeGuard early earthquake warning system is important both in the event of a quake, and for earthquake safety training at Baymonte.

The QuakeGuard alarm has a distinctive tone and will be used in our regular earthquake emergency training drills. Teachers will instruct the classes in how to prepare for the shock, safety measures, when it is safe to emerge, and how to reassemble. The alarm will help differentiate our earthquake response from our fire alarm response drills, which call for very different behavior.

One of our issues is that we are close to the San Andreas fault, and California is always expecting the next quake. Our school buildings are well-built for seismic damage mitigation, so the key dangers are environmental: the possibility of lights coming down, and Sheetrock or plaster detaching and falling.

I have personally experienced a significant quake, and the natural tendency even for adults is to go to the window and observe the rolling....which is the very last place you should be, near a large expanse of glass! ‘Duck and cover’ drills with QuakeGuard will help protect the children and their teachers.