State Civil Defense undergoing emergency siren overhaul

147 new sirens to be installed statewide starting in December

Published  11:40 AM HST Jul 17, 2013
HONOLULU -

Soon, you'll be seeing more emergency sirens.  If all goes as planned, you'll definitely hear them.

"We're adding a total of 147 new sirens statewide.  That's based on the development of new population centers that haven't traditionally had a siren," said George Burnett of the State Civil Defense.

The following is a breakdown of the new sirens by county:

- Oahu: 52

- Big Island: 51

- Maui County: 33

- Kauai: 11

"The Big Island, we found, is such a big island we didn't have enough sirens," said Burnett.

The brand new sirens 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 goes out.  The 117 outdated sirens will be replaced with modern ones.

"We're also working with land utilization committees to ensure that when there are new developments, the siren system will be installed just like they would install a new hydrant," said Burnett.

The new alert system can be easily activated by a computer at State Civil Defense which can get crucial notifications to the public much faster.

Click on these links to see maps of areas that will be getting the new sirens:  Kauai & Big Island, Oahu and Maui County

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