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Civil Defense Monthly Siren Test Today

Posted December 3, 2012, 10:00 AM HST Updated December 3, 2012, 10:56 AM HST
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Maui siren. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

The Civil Defense monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system is scheduled for today (Monday, December 3, 2012) at 11:45 a.m.

The tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property.

Tests of civil defense sirens and the Emergency Alert System are conducted simultaneously, normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcasting industry.

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The siren test is a steady one minute tone. When the siren signal is sounded, the public is asked to tune to any local radio or television station for emergency information and instructions broadcast by civil defense agencies.

Participating stations will carry a detailed explanation of what the sirens mean, as well as other related information, during the monthly test.

Oahu residents in areas surrounding Campbell Industrial Park, Honokai Hale, Makakilo, Kapolei Regional Park, Kapolei Golf Course, and the Coast Guard Station at Kalaeloa may also hear a “whooping” tone following the siren test.  This “whooping” tone is a test of the “hazardous materials incident” outdoor siren warning group that will be activated in the event of a HAZMAT incident.

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