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Sirens remain in storage, waiting to be installed

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - As the Department of the Navy conducts tests of their emergency alert system.  It's going on eight years now and sirens that were supposed to be installed in the island's villages for tsunami alerts remains in boxes.

Guam Homeland Security spokesperson Alyssa Benito said, "We are still doing the Environmental Historic Preservation Review process and that's ongoing federally and again that's a part of the project that we don't have any control over."

Locally an environmental assessment is also being conducted once that's complete a bid will finally be awarded.  Benito says that's when sirens will be installed.  Until then the sirens continue to remain in storage and will be assessed to ensure they are working once the bid is awarded. In the meantime village mayors have been provided vehicle mounted sirens in lieu of the sirens as well Civil Defense has contacted cellular companies to send out mass text messages in emergency situations. 
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