WATCH: More than half a million dollars will help residents of Port Renfrew and the Pacheedaht First Nation deal with a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami
More than half a million dollars in funding to help residents of Port Renfrew and the Pacheedaht First Nation deal with a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami was announced on Tuesday.
The $550,000 from the B.C. Disaster Mitigation Program will be used for better earthquake and tsunami warning.
Obsolete tsunami sirens with be replaced with new early warning technology to allow people to get to higher ground before a tsunami hits.
The system, which includes voice-over capability and remote activation, will expand the audible warning zone.
The announcement comes on a somber anniversary.
It was 53 years ago that a devastating tsunami hit Port Alberni after a 9.2 magnitude earthquake in Alaska.