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Report on tsunami response being compiled

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Homeland Security Administrator Chuck Ada says his agency is hoping to finalize an after action report for the island's response to the tsunami warning Guam had last month. He says they strengthened communications by building contacts with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center as well as other federal and local agencies.

Ada adds they are also working to expand the transportation services, especially for residents with special needs. While Ada says they are waiting for two stakeholder agencies to respond to the draft report, he says they have provided some deliverables to the governor. "We have a detailed map now of high-resolution of tsunami flood maps or wash up that we are able now to start drawing the lines with engineers and other appropriate stakeholders to be able to identify where it exactly within these particular areas that we can evacuate so we are not evacuating the entire Tumon area or Piti area which will allow easier evacuation routes as far as opening the roads as well," he said.

Ada also says they will continue meeting with the Department of Public Works to complete the design, build, and installation plans for the sirens, which they are hoping to have in place before the fall.

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