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Civil Defense siren test today at 11:45 a.m.

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 Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
A Civil Defense siren in Puako. Hawaii 24/7 file photo

A Civil Defense siren in Puako. Hawaii 24/7 file photo

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 Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.

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 sirens.honolulu.gov.

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.

Big Island radio stations that carry EAS messages and Civil Defense messages
KPUA (Hilo) 620 AM
KKON (Kona) 790 AM
KHLO (Hilo) 850 AM
KHBC (Hilo) 1060 AM 92.7 FM
KMWB (Kona) 93.1 FM
KLUA (Kona) 93.9 FM
KWXX (Hilo) 94.7 FM
KPVS (Hilo) 95.9 FM
KNWB (Hilo) 97.1 FM
KKBG (Hilo) 97.9 FM
KAGB (Kona) 99.1 FM
KAPA (Hilo) 100.3 FM
KAOY (Kona) 101.5 FM
KBGX (Hilo and Kona) 105.3 FM
KLEO (Kona) 106.1 FM
KWYI (Waimea) 106.9 FM
KKOA (Hilo and Kona) 107.7 FM

HONOLULU — 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 11:45 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The one-minute-long siren test also marks a good opportunity to talk with others in the community about emergencies that may pose a threat to life and property. FEMA recently launched America’s PrepareAthon! to increase disaster awareness and preparedness in the nation’s communities by providing preparedness guides and resources to help individuals and organizations practice what to do during a disaster. For more details on this national campaign, visit: ready.gov/prepare

To report siren operations issues, contact the appropriate county civil defense/emergency management agency:

  • Hawaii – (808) 935-0031
  • Maui – (808) 270-7285
  • Honolulu – (808) 723-8960
  • Kauai – (808) 241-1800

When the siren signal is sounded in the area, the public is advised to 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, on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcasting industry. Disaster preparedness information is located in the front section of telephone directories in all counties.

One Response to “Civil Defense siren test today at 11:45 a.m.”

  1. aurora says:

    We did not hear a thing… and we live across the street from the water… I had the TV on quietly and was doing homework by my balcony… That is absolutely insane…. It should be the loudest thing there is…. a car alarm would have been much louder….

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