Hawaii Island County: Test of emergency warning siren system successful

A test of the emergency warning siren system on Hawai’i Island this morning was successful, with all 71 sirens islandwide sounding.

Crews will be dispatched to follow-up on two reports of abnormal sounding – lower volume in Paukaa and shorter than usual duration in Laupahoehoe.

The emergency warning siren system is just one way to notify residents.  Other ways include sending phone, text, and email alerts through mass notification systems, Civil Defense messages on radio and television stations, and manual notification by Police, Fire, and Civil Air Patrol.

Residents are encouraged to not rely solely on one means of notification.

Civil Defense recommends having a portable battery operated radio to tune in to local broadcasts, and signing up for both Civil Defense (hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense) and Hawai’i Police Department (hawaiipolice.com) notification systems.

In the event of an emergency, every effort will be made to provide the community with timely and accurate notification and guidance.


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