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Maintenance on siren systems completed

The local Homeland Security Department says that following completion of a three-week bi-annual comprehensive maintenance and systems upgrade, all 48 sites of the outdoor early warning siren system are functioning properly, according to a news release.


The preventive maintenance service is a contractual agreement with the manufacturer of the system; the Milwaukee based American Signal Corporation (ASC), whose two technicians were on-island between October 25 and November 14.


ASDHS/TEMCO personnel and representatives of ASC’s local partner, Paramount Builders, conducted work on 42-siren sites on the main island of Tutuila, as well as Aunu’u; they also conducted work on the six sirens in the Manu’a islands.


ASDHS director Utuali’i Iuniasolua Savusa extended a “huge fa’afetai and fa’amalo tele lava to the local community at all levels”. He also thanked Samoan Affairs “for the continued support and customary hospitality as the technicians and my staff entered the various sites to perform their work.”


He urged the community at large to adopt the policy: “If you see something – say something” as part of a public awareness campaign to report any signs of vandalism. This will ensure that these life saving devices are not compromised or destroyed, he said, adding, "This mindset should be applied in all that we do to safeguard and prevent loss of life and property”.


Contact numbers for reporting these incidents are: Department of Public Safety at 633-1111 or ASDHS/TEMCO-EOC at 699-3800.