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Tsunami siren warning system finally getting attention

Crews work on siren system

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Crews from ASPA and local Homeland Security Department/ TEMCO last Friday checking out the outdoor siren warning system sites. In an advisory last week Wednesday, ASDHS and ASPA announced multiple siren tests at different sites on Tutuila from Thursday, Jan. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 23. Crews from the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority also joined the testing.

These crews will also be making their way to Aunu’u island and the Manu’a island group in the near future, according to a separate ASPA posting on its Facebook page.

The siren warning system has been out of commission since late 2020 and ASDHS is working with an off-island contractor to get it fixed. The lack of a working siren system was the focus of the community during the recent tsunami warning scare.