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West Hawai’i Siren Testing Wednesday

January 13, 2015, 4:30 PM HST
* Updated January 13, 4:31 PM
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Siren testing is expected to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 14 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Upchurch area of Kailua-Kona and the Halii Kai and Kolea Kai areas of Waikoloa.

The Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency, known previously as State Civil Defense, is working alongside the Hawai’i County Civil Defense to conduct the testing.

Residents in the siren testing area and those nearby will hear the siren sounds six to eight times in 30-second to one-minute intervals during the identified hours.

Testing will include checks of the public address system and short blasts, known as “burps”.

Technicians will be checking to ensure that installation work on the siren has been completed properly.


For further questions or concerns regarding modernization of the Statewide Outdoor Siren Warning System, residents may call HI-EMA at (808) 733-4300. Routine siren operational issues should be reported to Civil Defense at (808) 931-0031.

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