Civil Defense Monthly Siren Test Today

June 2, 2014, 5:56 AM HST · Updated June 2, 8:00 AM
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Maui siren. File photo by Wendy Osher.

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, June 2, 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.  Aside from natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could also be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

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 Hawaiʻi’s broadcasting industry.

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.

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