Voice of Vashon Receives Funding to Install Final Phase of Emergency Alert System

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Dec. 23, 2011) – On Wednesday, Dec. 21, the Puget Sound Energy Foundation presented the Voice of Vashon with a check for $15,000 to fund the final phase of an emergency alert system for Vashon Island residents. Granting funds to support emergency preparedness and public safety programs is a priority for the foundation.

Voice of Vashon manages the island’s cable television and radio stations. During the last three years, the organization raised $50,000 to fund Emergency Broadcast System transmitters, antennas, and associated systems. The grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation will pay for the final phase of the work, which includes construction and installation of alert lights at three locations, over-the-air remote-control activation, solar and battery backup power, and training for volunteer staff.

“Safety and emergency preparedness are key priorities for the PSE Foundation as we work with communities across our region,” said Andy Wappler, chair and president of the foundation, during the ceremony. “The emergency alert system Voice of Vashon is putting in place will help residents and visitors know where to get information when severe weather, earthquakes, or significant ferry disruptions occur.”

Voice of Vashon, which broadcasts radio station 1650AM, established solid partnerships with local community organizations to keep residents informed in emergency situations. In addition to the Puget Sound Energy Foundation, organizations that helped to fund the project include Vashon Island Fire and Rescue, Vashon Park District, Vashon Rotary, VashonBePrepared, Potelco, and Puget Sound Energy.

“We are so happy to get this grant,” Voice of Vashon President Jeanne Dougherty told attendees at the ceremony. “Thank you, PSE Foundation, for your generosity and for recognizing that this is the check that will help us finish our project.”

The foundation designates grants twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. The Voice of Vashon received the largest grant amount during the fall designation period, in which 70 grants were designated totaling more than $272,000.

Attendees at the ceremony, held at Voice of Vashon studio on Vashon Island, included state Senator Sharon Nelson, who is a Vashon Island resident; Shannon Braddock, chief of staff for King County Councilmember Joe McDermott; Vashon Island Fire and Rescue Chief Hank Lipe; and many Voice of Vashon board members and volunteer staff members.

About Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Puget Energy, the parent company of Puget Sound Energy, created the Puget Sound Energy Foundation in 2006 to continue its legacy of leadership and support of worthy, community-based programs. The foundation makes charitable contributions to qualifying 501(c) (3) nonprofits to help support a broad range of community programs, with a special focus on initiatives that promote economic and environmental sustainability within PSE’s service territory and in other areas where the utility produces or purchases energy in the Pacific Northwest. None of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation funds come from utility customers. Visit PSEFoundation.org for more information.

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