OFFICIALS CONDUCT TEST OF
THE ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
March 22, 2010
A test of the Alaska Tsunami Warning System was conducted this
morning by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's
(NOAA) National Weather Service and the Alaska Division of Homeland
Security and Emergency Management in cooperation with local emergency
management offices and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. At
approximately 9:45 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time, a live tsunami
test code was distributed by the Alaska Emergency Alert System
"Testing of the Tsunami Warning System ensures that the
system will work as designed during an actual emergency,"
said Brig. General Thomas H. Katkus, commissioner of the Department
of Military and Veterans Affairs. "As communication systems
across the state are constantly changing and being improved,
each test helps up keep up with those changes."
Through a proclamation signed
by Governor Sean Parnell, March 21 - 27, 2010 has been declared
Tsunami Awareness Week. The week coincides with the anniversary
of the Great Alaskan Earthquake, a devastating 9.2 magnitude
earthquake that triggered deadly tsunamis in Alaska 45 years
ago on Good Friday. The focal point for this awareness week is
the test of the Alaska Tsunami Warning System.
The communications test involved
NOAA Weather Radio, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and other
state and local communication links. The radio and television
test included the familiar alerting tone followed by an audio
message describing the test, similar to the routine monthly tests
of the EAS.
"Testing this state-wide system is truly a team effort,"
said John Madden, director of the Division of Homeland Security
and Emergency Management. "NOAA, the Alaska Broadcasters
Association and Alaska's emergency managers are able to increase
the state's level of preparedness through these annual tests."
Members of the public who have
heard the test are encouraged to log onto www.tsunami.gov/test,
and fill out a brief survey. Officials will evaluate the success
of the test and correct any problems that are uncovered. Most
importantly, people in coastal areas who DID NOT receive the
test through commercial radio or weather radio should fill out
the online survey and inform their local National Weather Service
Regular testing of the Emergency Alert System has been essential
in maintaining the readiness of the system. On Dec. 19, 2007
a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the southern coast of the Aleutian
Islands. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued
a tsunami warning that was successfully distributed throughout
Alaska. This event showed that the Tsunami Warning System is
ready to issue an alert whenever a tsunami threatens Alaskans.
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