REEDSPORT — Some Reedsport residents claim the community used to have a tsunami siren and wonder what happened to it.
Tamara Osborne works as Douglas County's public information officer.
Reached by phone a few weeks ago, she was asked as to the status of a tsunami siren. She got back to The Umpqua Post via email.
She wrote the following.
"I really don’t have much for you on this topic. County, state, federal and city governments up and down the West Coast are still in the process of determining the reparability, viability and reliability of those sirens," Osborne stated. "I can tell you that with the advancements in technology, that the current capabilities of our Douglas County 911 system for emergency warnings and alerts far exceed those of the sirens."
City Manager Jonathan Wright commented on the situation and what had happened.
"As far as we know the County has discontinued the siren. This was for one very simple reason; they don’t want people waiting for the siren," he said. "During a major local seismic event power is likely to be lost and who knows if the sirens would even be operational, so the message being given coast wide is self-evacuation. If you feel an earthquake, wait until the shaking stops and then head directly to a local tsunami assembly area and await instruction from City officials.
For a distant tsunami, we have time on our side and can provide an alert as information become available."
Wright said there had been siren service next to the county annex in Reedsport, one next to the Gardiner fire hall and one or two others.