The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) distributed eighty-two (82) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Alert Radios, in accordance with the National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office.
The radios were distributed today, November 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. Training for use of the radios will be provided by NWS at a later date. The weather alert radios provide agencies the capability to receive immediate alerts for specific natural hazard events, including but not limited to typhoons, flash floods and tsunamis, directly from the NWS. The project is federally funded through the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program.
The distribution on November 5, 2018 is also a way to celebrate “World Tsunami Awareness Day,” following a worldwide initiative through the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) to promote a global culture of tsunami awareness.
Agencies who received the alert radios include but are not limited to; schools, government of Guam agencies, and village Mayors’ offices. Back in 2015, GHS/OCD hosted a similar distribution of two-hundred and fourteen (214) NOAA radios to various agencies across school districts, government of Guam agencies, military partners and certain private and non-profit organizations. It is a goal of GHS/OCD to acquire more radios in the future.
The NOAA Weather Alert Radios can be ordered for purchase at some local home goods and department stores. The community is reminded that the radios are but one form of receiving weather related emergency information and alerts. GHS/OCD would utilize multiple forms of communication in the event of a real emergency; through local AM/FM radio stations, local media, GHS/OCD website at http://ghs.guam.gov, GHS/OCD social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), the Emergency Alert System and the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.