Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The National Weather Service was pleased with how systems worked to alert Alaskans to the threat of the Tsunami Tuesday morning.
Tsunami warning meteorologist Joel Curtis says the systems worked well but its also important to rely on the CBJ Emergency Management Department to get information on how to respond. "The (public) should follow instructions by local emergency management. We give recommended actions on our Tsunami warning statements. That is really for people in the unincorporated areas. We promote the fact that emergency managers put out the orders and organizes whatever actions need to be taken in local jurisdictions."
He recommended residents purchase a NOAA weather radio. He noted the weather service can help you to get the radio working.
Curtis said he doubts Juneau would receive major property damage from a Tsunami that comes from the Gulf of Alaska or further out in the Pacific Ocean. "What we have to worry about is when we have such a very large Tsunami on the outer coast that does make it into the inside waters. The other thing we worry about in the inside waters are local Tsunamis. That is where some kind of land form moves water on the inside channels and we really don't have time to warn for those."
Curtis said the NWS conducts a warning drill each March that mimics a Tsunami warning but are sure to make sure it is clearly marked a test.
On the flip side, many GCI wireless customers did not receive alerts. The company as a small area provider. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave the company to May, 2019 to have a system in place. Spokesperson Heather Handyside said they should have a system in place well in advance of that deadline, "GCI is working on the wireless emergency alert system to get that program implemented so wireless customers can automatically receive wireless emergency alerts."
In the interim GCI customers can download a free app by going to the app store and downloading the app known as GCI alert of GCI warning.
More from News of the North
CBJ Committee of the whole meets
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) New flood maps and a presentation on the location of the borough wide recycling program highlighted the meeting of the CBJ Committee of the Whole tonight.
Trade Relations with China Improved with Good Timing for Gov Walker's Visit
Juneau, AK (KINY) - The same day Governor Walker and dozens representing Alaskan business landed in China, leading officials from the United States and China announced that they would be taking measures to ease the trade tensions between the two countries.
CBJ Lands committee meets
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) An update on Indian Point and a discussion of Douglas cemeteries highlighted the agenda of the CBJ Committee meeting Monday night.
US Files Plea Deal in Deadly Florida Airport Shooting
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed court documents Monday in which an Alaska man agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people in exchange for a life prison sentence.
Alaska Municipal League Getting New Executive Director
Juneau, AK (KINY) - A new Executive Director for the Alaska Municipal League will be starting this summer.
Arbor Day Celebrated in Juneau
Juneau, AK (KINY) - Despite the wind and rain, people gathered at the Evergreen Cemetery to celebrate Arbor Day.
Police raid spurred community school lock down
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Police raid at the Barrett house downtown last Wednesday impacted the operation of the school district's community school.
Ten first year teachers released by Juneau School District
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There won't be as many teachers in the Juneau School District next school year.
Investigation into bear shooting
Kenai, Alaska (KINY) A bear was shot to death in the middle of the road, authorities said.
USCG pushes safe boating
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Coast Guard claims one red button can be the difference between life and death.
Progress being made in burglaries
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) No arrests have yet been announced but stolen property has been recovered.
Migrating whales found dead
San Francisco, CA (KINY) Several dead whales have been found in the San Francisco Bay Area in the last few months, with boat strikes a possible cause.