Emergency sirens could be fast tracked for Guam - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Emergency sirens could be fast tracked for Guam

Posted: Updated:

In response to the North Korean missile threats, the Department of Homeland Security is hoping to fast track the funding for 31 new emergency sirens for Guam. Authorities hope to install all of the equipment by the end of next year, instead of a five-year phase-in as originally planned.

Authorities are working to expand the reach of the emergency sirens. Guam Homeland Security advisor George Charfauros met in Washington with DHS counterparts on $2 million in grant money for a new All Hazards Alert Warning system. He says the understood the urgency, as the current system is designed primarily for tsunami warnings, with sirens located mostly along coastal areas.

Charfauros says in-land locations will be a priority with the new installations. Additional funding is also being sought for other mass notification systems including SMS text messaging and social media.

Meanwhile, The UN security council Wednesday imposed harsh new sanctions against Pyong Yang, including placing a cap on North Korea's oil imports, and banning textile exports. President Trump not completely convinced by the moves, saying, "I don't know if it has any impact but certainly it was nice to get the 15-to-nothing vote. But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen."

Harsher sanctions, including a complete oil import ban were dropped at the last minute for fear of a veto by China and Russia.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Molestation charges against Glenn Santos, 47

    Molestation charges against Glenn Santos, 47

    A 47 year old man is accused of sexually molesting a 15 year old girl known to him.  Glenn Siguenza Santos is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct.  Court documents state, the victim woke up to find her pants and underwear had been removed. The suspect is then accused of digitally penetrating the teen. He was later arrested after a complaint was filed with police.More >>
    A 47 year old man is accused of sexually molesting a 15 year old girl known to him.  Glenn Siguenza Santos is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct.  Court documents state, the victim woke up to find her pants and underwear had been removed. The suspect is then accused of digitally penetrating the teen. He was later arrested after a complaint was filed with police.More >>
  • Senators Override Bills Vetoed by the Governor

    Senators Override Bills Vetoed by the Governor

    Senators moved and voted on a number of measures during day one of session talks. Two of which include bills vetoed by Governor Calvo last year. That includes bill 23, introduced by Speaker BJ Cruz, which would ensure that only the most economical and beneficial health insurance proposal plan for GovGuam employees, retirees, and foster children is forwarded to the government's health insurance negotiating team for the governor's consideration. “With the government of Guam on th...More >>
    Senators moved and voted on a number of measures during day one of session talks. Two of which include bills vetoed by Governor Calvo last year. That includes bill 23, introduced by Speaker BJ Cruz, which would ensure that only the most economical and beneficial health insurance proposal plan for GovGuam employees, retirees, and foster children is forwarded to the government's health insurance negotiating team for the governor's consideration. “With the government of Guam on th...More >>
  • Workforce delegation on island

    Workforce delegation on island

    A congressional delegation is on Guam reviewing the workforce challenges and the defense readiness for the territory and the region. Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today met with the CODEL led by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The delegation also included Representatives Blake Farenhold of Texas, Ted Yoho of Florida, Jason Smith of Michigan, Hank Johnson of Georgia, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Pramila Jayapal of Washington.  The ...More >>
    A congressional delegation is on Guam reviewing the workforce challenges and the defense readiness for the territory and the region. Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today met with the CODEL led by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The delegation also included Representatives Blake Farenhold of Texas, Ted Yoho of Florida, Jason Smith of Michigan, Hank Johnson of Georgia, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, and Pramila Jayapal of Washington.  The ...More >>
Powered by Frankly