Tillamook County: Tsunami sirens are ‘antiquated’


THE COUNCIL HOPES TO HAVE THE SEAT FILLED BY FEBRUARY 12. JENNIFER: YESTERDAY’S TSUNAMI WATCH RAISED A LOT OF NEW QUESTIONS REGARDING ALERT SYSTEMS. IN TILLAMOOK COUNTY FOR EXAMPLE, SOME WANT THE TSUNAMI SIREN’S TO COME BACK. JEFF: OUR EILEEN PARK IS GETTING ANSWERS FROM THE COUNTY, ABOUT WHY THEY DON’T USE THEM, EILEEN? REPORTER: YESTERDAY WAS A GREAT CONVERSATION STARTER FOR MANY PEOPLE WHO WOULDN’T OF KNOWN WHAT TO DO IF SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS WAS ON ITS WAY, YESTEDAY’S TSUNAMI WACH WAS A LOW LEVEL ALERT, BUT SAY IT WAS A TSUNAMI WARNING, WOULD SIRENS HAVE HELPED? 5 YEARS AGO, TILLAMOOK COUNTY ALONG WITH CITY LEADERS DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO DECOMMISION THE MORE THAN 20 SIRENS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE COAST. ALL IT DOES IS TELL YOU A NOISE? REPORTER: GORDON MCCRAW IS THE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. AND HE SAYS TSUNAMI SIRENS ARE ANTIQUATED AND EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WAS, IF WE HAVE THE BIG ONE, HOW LONG ARE THE SIRENS ARE GOING TO GO FOR? WELL, PROBABLY THEY WOULDN’T BECAUSE THE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS AND THE RADIO SYSTEMS THAT WOULD ACTIVATE THEM WOULD BE IMPAIRED BY THEM DURING THE QUAKE.)} WITH — QUAKE. REPORTER: WITH SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY NOW, OTHER METHODS OF COMMUNICATION SUCH AS ALERTS TO CELL PHONES ARE MORE RELIABLE. THEY WERE DECOMMISSIONED AROUND 2013, AFTER MUCH STUDY WAS DONE. WITH REGARD TO THEIR USE. AND HOW THE NEW TSUNAMI INUNDATION MAPS WHAT THE THREAT — REFLECTED WHAT THE THREAT ACTUALLY WAS FOR DISTANT AND A LOCAL TSUNAMI. REPORTER: BUT WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING WITH LIMITED ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY? TSUNAMI SIRENS ARE ONLY USED WHEN THERE’S A REAL THREAT OF A POSSIBLE TSUNAMI. USUALLY THE ALERTS GO OUT HOURS BEFORE IT MAKES LANDFALL. WE CAN HAVE FIRST RESPONDERS INTO NEIGHBORHOODS, ALERT PEOPLE ON THE COAST, IF THEY DON’T HAVE TELEPHONE, TV, NONE OF THE ABOVE, WE CAN HAVE THE TRUCKS GOING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WITH THE SIRENS AND THE LOUDSPEAKER. REPORTER: MCCRAW ALSO SAYS SINCE IT’S BEEN YEARS SINCE SIRENS WERE USED. HE SAYS MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE CONFUSED IF THEY HEARD ONE, NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO, THE BEST WAY TO STAY ALERT OF ANY DANGEROUS SITUATION? IS TO BE CONNECTED THROUGH THE COUNTY’S ALERT SYSTEM. JEFF: SHE HAS BEEN ON TOP OF THIS STORY SINCE WE FIRST STARTED REPORTING ON IT. OVER THE PAST WEEK, WE’VE BEEN TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT ALERT

6 thoughts on “Tillamook County: Tsunami sirens are ‘antiquated’

  1. There is NOTHING wrong with them!They work, then they work.Enough of this begging excuses game, in order to spend on something you don't need!

  2. I live in Coeur d alene idaho
    And I know what to Do if I here a siren. Go for hi graond

  3. Every other piece of technology has failed and isn’t acceptable. Sirens are the most effective method. Or if you NEED to go cheap then use loudspeakers. But don’t sit there and tell me that text alerts and social media and what not are better than a mass system that EVERYONE can hear. Especially people who come to the coast to unplug.

  4. They say they are expensive to maintain… The Phillipines is a very poor country but they now have Tsunami warning sirens..if they can maintain them so can the richest country in the world..the USA

  5. It's always funny how the government wants to do the opposite of what the public wants… alright so it's cheaper to put First Responders in neighborhoods and go door-to-door then flip a switch to have a siren come on you're a moron

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