Big Island emergency warning siren test scheduled for Tuesday

The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency will conduct a test of the emergency warning siren system on Tuesday, July 16 at 11:45 a.m. Officials say the test is necessary to confirm system readiness in the wake of adjustments and repairs performed immediately following the regular monthly test on July 1.

During the July 1 test, 18 of the 71 sirens did not activate, and the malfunction was linked to a radio system repeater site. The issue was corrected immediately, and the follow-up test on July 16 has been scheduled to confirm that the repairs were successful.

The public is reminded that the siren system is just one method of notification of emergencies and disasters. The activation or sounding of the sirens is a prompt to listen to the radio for follow-up information and instructions.

The public is also encouraged to learn about the hazards that affect the community including tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc., and to plan and prepare for those unpredictable events.

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