Monthly Test of Siren Warning System, Jan. 3

December 30, 2016, 9:00 AM HST · Updated December 30, 12:36 PM
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Civil Defense Siren, Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at 11:45 a.m.

The siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life or property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

Contact your county civil defense/emergency management agency to report siren operation issues:

Hawaiʻi (808) 935-0031
Maui (808) 270-7285
City and County of Honolulu (808) 723-8960
Kauaʻi (808) 241-1800

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Upon hearing a siren, residents are urged to tune to any local radio or television station for emergency information and instructions. Participating stations will carry a detailed explanation of what the sirens mean, as well as other related information.

Tests of the outdoor warning 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. Emergency management and disaster preparedness information is located in the front section of telephone directories in all counties.

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