SAN MATEO COUNTY (CBS SF) — Repair work has begun on eight sirens posted along the San Mateo County coast that are designed to alert residents in the event of a tsunami, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.
During a routine test of the tsunami warning system last Wednesday, only three of the eight sirens along 30 miles of coastline between Pacifica and Pescadero functioned properly, San Mateo County Sheriff spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt said.READ MORE: 3 Teens Accused Of Killing Man, Stealing His Dog & Car In San Francisco On New Year's Eve
Crews started preparing the sirens for replacement on Monday, she said. The repair project is expected to be completed by Sept. 4, when another test of the warning system is scheduled.
While the sirens are out of service, the county Office of Emergency Services has developed a set of procedures to ensure that the public will be notified if a tsunami occurs, Rosenblatt said.
Police and sheriff’s deputies are prepared to fan out through low-lying coastal areas to warn residents of any tsunami danger should the need arise, she said.READ MORE: San Francisco Police Preparing to Handle Niner Fan Festivities on Sunday
Notifications would also be sent out via email and text message using the county’s emergency alert system, SMC Alert.
Anyone can sign up for SMC Alert online at www.smcalert.info.
Rosenblatt said the sheriff’s office will inform the community as soon as the sirens are back in service and functioning properly.MORE NEWS: IRS Website Will Soon Require Facial Recognition To Log Into Your Account
(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)