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Monthly siren and emergency alert test to take place Tuesday

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 Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.

This month's test also falls on the start date for our National Preparedness Month contest. For more information on the contest, go to

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, City and County of Honolulu 808 723-8960, Kauai 808 241-1800.

Oahu residents may sign up for the Adopt a Siren Program at

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.

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