Emergency alert tests scheduled Wednesday in Hawaii

Don’t be alarmed if you see or hear emergency alerts Wednesday morning.

A test of the National Emergency Alert System is scheduled to begin at 8:20 a.m. HST. It will involve alerts airing on various broadcast outlets, including KHON2.

Remember, this is only a test. It should look similar to monthly broadcast tests and last for about one minute.

The test is expected to have limited impact on the public with only minor disruptions of radio and television programs. Only the EAS will be tested in this nationwide test. Cell phone and other FEMA alerting capabilities will not be tested during this event.

In addition to the national test, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and Maui County Civil Defense Agency will conduct siren testing in Maui County.

A new development siren will sound at Mahana Estates in Kapalua between 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday.

Residents nearby may hear the siren sound six to eight times for 30-second to one-minute intervals during the identified timeframe. Testing will include short blasts known as “burps.”

During the tests, emergency management officials and technicians will check that installation work on this siren has been completed properly.

If you have any questions, call Maui County Civil Defense at (808) 270-7285.

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