NEWS RELEASE: WARNING SIREN SOUNDED OVERNIGHT IN WAIALUA, BUT THERE WAS NO EMERGENCY; TECHNICIANS WILL ASSESS CAUSEPosted on Mar 5, 2022 in Information and News Releases, Main, News Stories
WARNING SIREN SOUNDED OVERNIGHT IN WAIALUA, BUT THERE
WAS NO EMERGENCY; TECHNICIANS WILL ASSESS CAUSE
For Immediate Release: March 5, 2022 Release No. 2022-014
HONOLULU — A single siren in the All-Hazard Statewide Warning System sounded for several minutes around 2 a.m. HST Saturday in the Waialua community of O’ahu, but there was no imminent hazard to the public.
The siren is part of the statewide network operated by the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA). The incident was consistent with either a malfunction of the equipment or vandalism.
An initial inspection of the equipment before dawn Saturday did not find signs of significant damage, but HI-EMA technicians will conduct additional tests to determine the cause.
The siren, located along Goodale Avenue near the Waialua District Park swimming complex and baseball field, began sounding a “high-low” tone around 2 a.m. This alert sound is different from the steady tone heard during monthly siren tests.
The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) and HI-EMA received several calls from area residents about the incident, and HPD assisted in locating the siren and conducting a preliminary assessment.
HI-EMA issued a message via social media around 3 a.m. that indicated HPD had confirmed vandalism had caused the incident; that was incorrect, and HI-EMA has issued a correction to clarify that the cause remains under investigation.
HI-EMA maintains a network of more than 400 sirens statewide which are a key part of Hawaii’s defense against loss of life or property from hazards such as tsunamis and hurricanes. Additional information about the cause of the incident will be announced as it becomes available.
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