EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) — In a test last year, six of 15 tsunami sirens around Humboldt County failed to activate. Officials believe this is due to the coastal climate.
“The main thing about mermaids here. We live in a very corrosive environment with salty air, so very quickly they can rust, and you know, they were there before 2011,” said Ryan Aylward of the National Weather Service.
The sirens never received a consistent source of funding to maintain them, but the county considered replacing the sirens with a new digital system. This new system is estimated at $500,000. But they don’t want to spend money on what they think is an outdated source of notifications.
“You know, you can hear them when you’re out on the beach, but that’s about it. They weren’t supposed to warn people at home. It was really just meant to inform beachgoers,” said Samantha Karges of the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services.
The county wants to emphasize registration with the Humboldt County Public Alert and Warning System. Humboldt Alert will be one of many systems that will be tested this week.