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Kodiak’s tsunami sirens are recommended for replacement

May 3, 2019

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Following a site survey in February, two firms contracted by the city of Kodiak have recommended that all 21 of the tsunami warning sirens on the road system be replaced with newer models.

Federal Signal and Alster Communications also concluded that several of the sirens should be relocated, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported on Thursday.

The Kodiak City Council discussed the survey, as well as ways to fund siren replacement, at an April 23 work session.

“A good starting point for budgetary considerations would be approximately $57,000 per siren,” the survey states. “This includes a new mounting pole, shipping to Kodiak and installation.”

City Manager Mike Tvenge said the city has applied for funding to help finance siren replacement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Tsunami Mitigation Program and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“If we were to receive full funding for those sirens, we could acquire and install up to ten of those 12 that we have right now, at the rate that we had (quoted) which was, I think, $58,000 per siren,” he said.

Tvenge said that the city doesn’t have a specific line item in the budget for replacing sirens, but noted that the city “may be able to find some money” from other city funds to supplement whatever grant funding the city might receive.

“We’ll inquire to see what the status is of those grants,” he said. “As soon as we know something, we’ll be happy to share it, of course,”

The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly will discuss the issue at a regular meeting this month.

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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