Rescheduled – March Monthly Siren Test

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 in Information and News Releases, Main


The state’s monthly test of the statewide outdoor warning siren system, set for 11:45 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017 has been rescheduled. The state and counties jointly agree it would be best to reschedule the testing so as to avoid public confusion. Current severe weather conditions may cause area residents to mistake the testing of the siren for an actual emergency alert. The March 1, 2017 test is rescheduled for Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:45 am.

The siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The warning sirens are used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life or property. The sound of the sirens is a cue for residents to turn on a radio or television for information and instruction for an impending emergency. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

Currently areas around the state are experiencing a Flash Flood Watch or a Flash Flood Warning. There is a clear distinction:

Flash Flood Watch means a flash flood is possible in the area, because conditions are more favorable than usual for its occurrence. A watch is a recommendation for planning, preparation, and increased awareness.

Flash Flood Warning means a flash flood is imminent or occurring; take immediate action to protect life and property.

Below is the contact information for the four island counties’ emergency management departments:

Hawaii (808) 935-0031

Maui (808) 270-7285

Honolulu (808) 723-8960

Kauai (808) 241-1800


Media Contacts:

Mary Zanakis
Public Information Officer
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
Office: 808-733-4300 x522
Cell: 808-620-5422
Email: [email protected]


Arlina Agbayani
Public Relations Assistant
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
Office: 808-733-4300 x529
Cell: 808-620-5423
Email: [email protected]