Ask the Mayor

Siren warnings one way to alert residents of danger

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2002

Editor's Note: The following weekly column is designed to help answer residents' questions about the Kenai Peninsula Borough and its government.

Question: What does the siren we hear at noon on Thursdays mean?

Answer: On the first Thursday of the month, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management conducts a test of their 26 sirens to ensure that the sirens work.

If a real emergency occurs the sirens would be used to get people's attention and a verbal message would be given to listen to the radio and/or identify what people should or should not do.

Siren warnings are just one means of communicating a message to the population. Door-to-door warnings, radio announcements and the Community Alert Network (a computerized telephone call up system), in conjunction with sirens, provide for comprehensive warnings to the borough population.

Currently the borough is spending $826,000 to upgrade the repeater sites, the siren controls and the sirens. This is a three-year program.We received a $500,000 grant from the federal government to help with this upgrade.

You may send your questions to:

Mayor Bagley

144 N. Binkley

Soldotna, AK 99669

Fax: (907) 262-8616


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