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Civil Defense on the hot seat over siren

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Officials with the Office of Civil Defense, Homeland Security and other Government of Guam agencies took the hot seat before Senator Judi Guthertz this morning. In light of the most recent tsunami warning generated from Chile, Guthertz wanted to find out what happened to the tsunami siren system and why she was getting complaints that residents could not contact anyone at the homeland security.

"If they can't call you who do they call; tell me who do they call?", to which Chuck Ada with OCD said, "Senator, I think our biggest challenge here would be trying to deal with a localized tsunami from an earthquake that generated. That's going to be the real challenge from everyone here at this table because if a local generated earthquake was to occur and generate a tsunami, we would not be able to provide notification."

Officials informed Guthertz that the siren system remains in a warehouse after a protest was filed. The Attorney General's Office will work with homeland security to settle the matter in court.

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