NEWS RELEASE: What’s That Sound? Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency to Test Four New or Updated Sirens on Big Island this FridayPosted on May 11, 2023 in Information and News Releases, Main, News Stories
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
KA ‘OIHANA PILI KAUA
Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency
What’s That Sound? Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency to Test
Four New or Updated Sirens on Big Island this Friday
For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 11, 2023 Release No. 2023-016
HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) will be testing new or upgraded warning sirens on Friday at four locations on Hawai‘i island. The tests will sound various alert tones which will be audible in the surrounding area, but there is no hazard and members of the public need not take any action.
There are more than 400 sirens in Hawaii’s All-Hazard Statewide Outdoor Warning System, which is used to alert members of the public to take immediate action to protect themselves from a hazard such as a tsunami or hurricane. The equipment being tested may include new siren locations, relocations of existing sirens, or upgraded equipment.
“We try to limit our siren tests to the first business day of each month to reduce disruption, but it’s vital to run certain checks when we install new equipment,” said HI-EMA Administrator James DS. Barros. “These tests help ensure that the new gear is integrated with the statewide network and can alert the local communities if there’s an imminent hazard.”
The new equipment is part of the state’s ongoing Outdoor Warning Siren Modernization Program. Sirens are being upgraded and new sirens installed at locations statewide under this program.
Equipment tests are scheduled for Friday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. HST. The tests will be in Hilo and nearby communities, in cooperation with the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.
The specific locations of the sirens to be tested are:
- Ka‘ūmana Elementary School, Hilo
- Kula‘imano Community Center, Pepe‘ekeo
- Gilbert Carvalho Park, Hilo
- Hualani Park, Hilo
Testing at each site usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. People within a mile of the site being tested will hear short bursts of various siren tones (steady tone, high-low, tamper warning, etc.). No action is required if you hear a warning siren test.
State and local government officials have been informed that these tests are scheduled, and social media messages will include reminders on the day of the testing.
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