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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The Civil Defense 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 Wednesday, May 1, at 11:45 a.m.
Mailani Wendt, an eighth grader at Kapolei Middle School, will read
the Emergency Alert System live audio broadcast for the month of May. Mailani
is the winner of the jointly-sponsored Tsunami Awareness poster contest, which
asked Hawaii students in grades K-12 to draw posters showing where they would
go in the event of a tsunami.
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 and 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 operations issues: Hawaii
808 935-0031, Maui 808 270-7285, Oahu 808 723-8960, Kauai 808 241-1800.
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 (HAZMAT) Incident outdoor siren warning group that will
be activated in the event of a HAZMAT incident.
When the siren signal is
sounded in your area, 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.
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. Civil defense disaster preparedness information is located in
the front section of telephone directories in all counties.