Emergency Management

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management

The National EAS Test will take place next week on Wednesday, August 7.
The Emergency Alert System will send a test to radio and television stations. In preparation for this test, KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson hosted a discussion on emergency preparedness with Homer’s Volunteer Fire Department  Chief Mark Kirko, outgoing fire chief, Robert Purcell, Lieutenant Ryan Browning from the Homer Police Department and Dan Nelson from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management. 

Emergency Alert System sends test warning

May 11, 2018
Image courtesy of the National Weather Service

A representative from the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska says there is no warning.

An emergency alert went out over the air earlier this morning, but said it was a test.
According to the Warning Center, a routine communications test message was sent at 7 a.m. Friday morning, but it “has been misinterpreted.”

National Weather Service in Juneau confirmed in a tweet that the alert was just a test.

Borough adopts new emergency alert system

May 2, 2018
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

After a large earthquake sounded tsunami alarms around the Gulf of Alaska in January, communities put their emergency plans and equipment to the test, and some communities found shortcomings.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Department of Emergency Management had issues with its emergency notification system, Rapid Notify, which calls landlines and subscribed cell phones with automated messages.

Dan Nelson is the head of the department. He said some Kenai Peninsula residents never received a call, or received it hours after the tsunami warning was no longer in effect.