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Tsunami siren testing tomorrow – Sunday 27th

At 12pm – midday – on Sunday 27 September 2015 Auckland Council Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) will be running their tsunami siren testing.

TsunamiSirensaThese biannual checks are run on the north and west Auckland coasts and are timed to coincide with daylight savings.

“The public should not be alarmed, and are not required to do anything,” says Civil Defence and Emergency Management Director John Dragicevich.

“We run these tests to check operational performance and familiarise residents with the siren tones.  The sirens are just one of a number of technology-based public warning systems that Auckland Civil Defence has in place for the entire region to better prepare for natural disasters,” says Mr Dragicevich.

“This test is also a handy reminder to check your civil defence survival items, household plan and getaway kits.”

The test sequence will be three sets of tones, each with a different meaning: alert, evacuate or all clear. They will sound for one minute each with 15 seconds in between.

“In a real emergency situation, the tones sound for longer, from between five and 15 minutes, depending on which message it is,” says Mr Dragicevich.

The following signals will be used during an actual tsunami threat:

1. Alert signal (dash – dash – dot – dot) sounded for 15 minutes

This signal notifies residents that a tsunami threat has been received by Civil Defence.

Residents should respond by:

  • evacuating beaches
  • listening to the radio and TV for information
  • preparing to evacuate their homes and businesses if required.

2. Evacuate signal (dot-dot-dot) sounded in continuous burst for 15 minutes

The signal is used when a specific threat to the coastline has been confirmed.

Residents should respond by:

  • evacuating immediately to the nearest high ground
  • avoiding using personal transport (e.g. cars) unless absolutely essential, as this may cause congestion.

3. All clear signal (a continuous tone for five minutes)

The signal is used to notify that the threat of a tsunami has passed.

Residents should respond by:

  • returning to their home or business, if not affected
  • following the directions of the emergency services in affected areas.

For more information email Civil Defence.

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