Big upgrade coming to the emergency alert systemUPDATED 10:30 PM HST Jul 16, 2013Video Transcript
Sirens are crucial when it comes to alerting you about dangerous situations- and now 150 brand new ones will go up across the state over the next 3 years. The sirens are a part of a 25 million dollar upgrade to the emergency alert system. KITV 4's Cam Tran has our story new at six. Nat sound of sirens: Pretty soon... You'll see more of these emergency sirens... And if all goes as planned.. You'll definitely HEAR them. GEORGE, SCD IN:3:24 WE'RE ADDING A TOTAL OF 147 NEW SIRENS STATE, THAT'S BASED ON THE DEVELOPMENT ON NEW POPULATION CENTERS THAT HAVEN'T TRADITIONALLY HAD A SIREN. 3:39 Here's the break down by county: Kauai:11 Oahu: 52 Maui County: 33 Big Island: 51 GEORGE IN: 5:08 THE BIG ISLAND WE FOUND IS SUCH A BIG ISLAND WE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH SIRENS STANDUP: CAM TRAN 22:33 THE BRAND NEW SIRENS WHICH LOOK SIMILAR TO THIS ONE WILL START GOING UP IN DECEMBER. THEY WILL GO UP IN PHASES WITH AREAS IN THE TSUNAMI INUNDATION ZONES TAKING PRIORITY. It's part of a multi million dollar state overhaul. All the sirens new and old will have satellite and cellular communications, just in case either or goes out. And 117 outdated sirens will be replaced with these modern ones. IN: 3:47 WE'RE ALSO WORKING WITH LAND UTILIZATION COMMITTEES TO ENSURE THAT WHEN THERE ARE NEW DEVELOPMENT S THE SIREN SYSTEM WILL BE INSTALLED JUST LIKE THEY WOULD INSTALL A NEW HYDRANT 4:00 The new alert system can be easily activated by a computer at Sate Civil Defense- which can get crucial notification to the public much faster. Reporting from State Civil Defense, Cam Tran, KITV 4 News. To find out which neighbor hoods or areas will be getting the new sirens, log on to the "as seen on section" of our website, kitv dot com.