Officials seek public's help to report emergency siren vandalism

Officials seek public's help to report emergency siren vandalism

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), formerly known as State Civil Defense, is asking the public to keep an eye out for vandals at Outdoor Siren Warning System sites.

Last week Wednesday's early morning siren sounding at Kahe Point was related to an act of vandalism. "The technicians that work on the siren system are identifiable by their official vehicles," explained Doug Mayne, Administrator of Emergency Management. "Please call 9-1-1 if you suspect an unauthorized person of tampering with a siren."

Technicians will be marking siren parts with orange paint in an effort to mitigate additional acts of vandalism. If you know of someone with siren parts for personal use, please alert local authorities.

Sirens are considered a warning device under Hawaii Revised Statute 127A-29. Anyone who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes damage to a siren may be fined the cost of replacement of the siren and/or imprisoned up to one year.

The Statewide Outdoor Siren Warning System is a crucial part of the state's emergency warning capability and operates to alert Hawaii residents and visitors of an approaching hazard.

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