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Community Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff


The local Department of Homeland Security / TEMCO Division reminds the public that the monthly territory-wide emergency siren test for December is set for 12 noon today. The monthly siren test is held on the first Friday of every month.

ASDOL asks the public not to be alarmed if the sirens are heard, as it’s only a test. The public is encouraged to call 699-0411 or 699-3800 and report any issues with respect to siren testing today.  It reminds and requests government offices, schools, the private sector and village mayors (Pulenu’u) to call 699-0411 or 699-3800 to advise and report results of siren testing in their respective villages, counties and sectors.


The local Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) in cooperation with the National Weather Service in Tafuna is sponsoring the 2016-2017 Tropical Cyclone Season Workshop on Dec. 8.

In a letter last week to the local media, ASDHS acting director Jacinta Brown said the focus of the workshop is to share information with and provide awareness to ASG agency partners of the forecast for this year’s hurricane season and the new weather products.

“These past years have been a constant and important reminder to all of us that severe weather conditions like hurricanes, flash floods, and landslides may strike at anytime and any place causing devastation to life and property in the community and government,” she said.

She also says that it’s no secret that American Samoa as well as other island communities in the Pacific experienced encounters with some weather systems during the period of November 2015 to April 2016. 

“American Samoa was fortunate enough to escape with minimal damages caused by landslides and flooding” as a result of Tropical Cyclones Tuni, Ula, Victor, Winston, and Amos, she said.

Additionally, the “intent of this campaign of preparedness workshops is to assist your agencies with new information toward the improvements of your own emergency response plans as we enter into the November 2016- April 2017 tropical cyclone season.”