Saturday, April 13, 2024

Vandalism wave hits tsunami sirens

Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) has reported the vandalism of five tsunami sirens at Piha.

AEM General Manager, Paul Amaral says the sirens have been vandalised or stolen from the coastal spot since May, along with another siren at Karekare.

He says the sirens, which play a key role in helping alter the public of tsunami hazards, will be replaced as soon as possible.

“The sirens are designed to alert as many people as possible in the area of a potential tsunami threat, so it is important for the community that they work when we need them,” said Mr Amaral.

“The sirens are just one tool used to alert the public to tsunami emergencies. Alerts and instructions could also come via the media or online from official sources.

“We will always use a range of different types of alerts to get the message out during a tsunami emergency. The sirens will help warn people in the evacuation zone who are outside enjoying the day, while the radio, TV, online sources and Emergency Mobile Alert systems will help reach people who may be inside or distracted,” he says

If you observe anyone tampering with sirens, contact Police immediately. Additionally, if you notice damaged or missing tsunami sirens, call us on 09 301 0101 or report it via our website.

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