California county's UPS helps keep it in communication

California county's UPS helps keep it in communication

By Trudy Walsh

GCN Staff

JAN. 18—It was business as usual for the Santa Cruz County emergency communications center yesterday, despite the hour-long blackout ordered by Gov. Gray Davis on the Northern California community. The center dispatches calls for the sheriff's office, Santa Cruz police, and all fire emergencies and ambulances in the county.

Lola Crain, operations supervisor for the Santa Cruz center, said the center's power supply was not directly affected by the blackouts, which were ordered to lower usage during the state's power crisis. 'We have an uninterruptible power supply and a generator. We don't cut back on any services,' she said.

The power went out in parts of the city of Santa Cruz for about an hour yesterday, starting at 11:55 a.m. About the only real difference between yesterday and a regular day was that the outage caused burglar alarms to go off, Crain said. 'We got an unusual number of alarm calls, but otherwise there was no need for panic,' she said.

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