Washington D.C. (Sept. 13, 2017) — Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros was able to accelerate the fielding for 31 additional sirens for Guam.


In a meeting earlier today with grants team members from Department of Homeland Security, Charfauros expressed that the existing 15 sirens were initially specific to tsunami warnings. However, in the context of North Korea’s recent threats, Guam has a need to accelerate the planned fielding of 31 more additional sirens, particularly in areas not near coastal zones, which already have been outfitted with sirens.


“The DHS team understood our need to expand our All Hazards Alert Warning System,” HSA Charfauros stated. “The grant that was supposed to be provided in phases over the next five years, which is approximately $2 million, will be researched further to determine how to best accelerate the fielding of the 31 additional sirens as part of fiscal years 2017 and 2018. I appreciate working with them on this.”  


The $2 million will be used for the planned 31 additional sirens as well as the environmental impact study necessary for each of them.


Also, additional funding for mass notification systems via other methods such as SMS text and social media is being coordinated between Guam Homeland Security/Civil Defense and DHS/FEMA to field the systems as soon as possible.


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