New outdoor sirens on Kauai part of monthly emergency test

Eight new sirens on Kauai will be activated 11:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, as part of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system.

Hanamaulu siren (Photo courtesy  Kauai Civil Defense Agency)
Hanamaulu siren (Photo courtesy Kauai Civil Defense Agency)

Kauai residents should be aware that the new sirens are located at Wailua Houselots Park, Wailua Golf Course (south end), Hanamaulu Beach Park, Puhi, Koloa Town, Poipu Beach Park (an upgraded unit replacing the older siren), Halewili Road and Kalawai Park.

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.

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.

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