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Civil Defense Siren Testing Set for Tuesday

August 30, 2013, 5:43 PM HST
* Updated August 30, 5:45 PM
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The regular monthly test of the statewide Civil Defense outdoor siren warning system will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 11:45 a.m.

As usual, it will be coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System on radio and television.

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.

The tests will be conducted Tuesday because Monday is Labor Day, a federal holiday.

Civil defense disaster preparedness information is located in the front section of telephone directories in all counties.

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.

Problems with siren operations can be reported to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency at 935-0031.

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