Island needs more emergency sirens

A brief tsunami alert that ensued after an earthquake in the South Pacific yesterday strengthened the argument made by the state Civil Defense that Hawai‘i needs 147 new sirens.

Statewide there are 355 sirens, with 54 on Kaua‘i. The state civil defense recommends eight more for the island, said Mary Daubert, county spokeswoman.

The most recent findings of the agency have suggested the additional sirens be placed along Kaua‘i’s coastline, Daubert said.

Yesterday’s alert was cancelled at 12:43 p.m. It did not become an official watch or warning.

However, in light of recent natural disasters, including October’s earthquake, legislators have said it’s crucial that residents aren’t left guessing whether there is an emergency.

The county will have its monthly siren test this morning at 11:45 a.m.

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