Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sometime next year Tillamook county will be dropping sirens from their strategy when warning the public that a tsunami wave could be on the way to cities like Rockaway Beach.  

Commissioners there say after seeing new inundation maps and after several tests where residents said they couldn't hear the sirens from inside their homes anyway it was decided to drop plans to add new sirens and eliminate, or just stop sounding the one's in place.  County emergency management officials told an Oregonian reporter that the county has several other methods of warning residents via text, email, and reverse 9-1-1 rendering the old siren technology out of date.  They also point to a downside with the siren system in that people have a tendency to over-react to them.

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