Sirens Sound False Alarms


Diana Gish/KMXT

A series of alarms raised alarm in Kodiak on Friday. In the early afternoon, the city tsunami warning sirens went off several times leaving residents wondering if it was "the real deal."

As it turns out, it was a false alarm; several false alarms in fact. A battery problem caused the alarm to go off on its own a number of times before it was fixed.

The Kodiak Police Department was inundated with calls Friday, from people trying to figure out why the sirens were sounding. Lieutenant Ray Ellis said that the high number of phone calls presented the police with another problem as they attempted to deal with the sirens.

(Sirens "It takes a … additional information.")

The police officer offered a suggestion to help people stay on top of tsunami warnings: its advice that he also follows:

(Sirens "If you’re listening…active region.")

Ellis said that he considers the problem with the siren a good opportunity to let folks know to check out the Tsunami warning website and as a reminder to turn on the radio for information during unscheduled sirens.

For internet users the address again is "west-coast-and-alaska-tsunami-warning-center." the website, is maintained by NOAA. And as always, you can tune to KMXT for the latest information as its made available to us.

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