Hawaii’s Disaster Warning System To Get $8 Million Upgrade

August 21, 2008

Hawaii’s disaster warning system is getting an $8 million upgrade.

The money will be used to upgrade existing Civil Defense sirens and to install new solar-powered sirens, with a focus on tsunami inundation zones.

Gov. Linda Lingle said that the state needs a comprehensive and up-to-date system to support state Civil Defense in responding to disasters and in keeping residents and visitors safe.

Earlier this year, Civil Defense identified 249 sirens that needed to be installed or replaced. They included sites on the Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.

About 96 high-priority sirens will be located in tsunami inundation zones.

Construction is scheduled to begin in November and be completed in December 2009.

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