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Tsunami Sirens: Heard em? by grassroothawaii
March 1, 2010, 10:27 pm
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By Hideo Hikida

So Saturday, February 27th, 2010 was a pretty eventful day for everyone who lived in the State of Hawaii. (I personally had an escape plan) In what was a result from the devastating earthquake in Chile, nearly all of Hawaii’s residents woke up early Saturday morning to the tune of a Tsunami warning. For those of you who need a little clarification, a tsunami warning is the highest level of alert for said disaster, indicating that a hit from a tsunami is imminent. TV channels were broadcasting information on a live basis, radio stations were alerting all those in coastal areas to head to high ground, State emergency services helped to guide people to evacuation zones and Hawaii’s multi-million dollar Tsunami detection system was seen in action. Real-time data was being fed to the right people, projections were made and all sirens were blaring, alerting those to head to high...wait a minute…

Apparently reports have been coming in that not all of Hawaii’s residents heard these sirens. There are 364 sirens scattered all across the state of Hawaii but apparently, some of them don’t work. While 3 or 4 sirens that fell quiet might not seem like that big of a deal, we’re talking about actual people here. Thankfully, there were no casualties this time around, but what would have happened if there were? The State of Hawaii even knows that these sirens wouldn’t work, yet there has been no action to repair the sirens. The sirens are our first line of defense against these tsunamis. If they don’t work, then how are people going to know that they’re supposed to get the heck out? Sure, phone calls, texts, voicemails, emails are there but what of the people who don’t have other means of communication? Last time I checked, they were human beings as well. They deserve to be alerted. If taxpayers are paying millions of dollars to build and maintain this system,  is it too much to expect that these systems put into place work for everyone? Not just some?  I shudder at the potential consequences that could arise.

So instead of wasting money on random things (for example, this), let’s have our government invest in our safety and well-being FOR REAL. Don’t just install a warning system for the sake of saying that we have one. Make sure it works. FOR EVERYONE.


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