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Tsunami warning sirens to be tested

Published: 20 September 2017

Coastal Aucklanders are advised not to be alarmed when the region’s tsunami sirens have one of their twice yearly tests at noon on Sunday 24 September.

Coinciding with the start of daylight savings, the test sequence will be three sets of tones, each signalling a specific action.

They will sound for one minute each and there will be 15 seconds between each set. In an emergency, tones will sound for longer.

“It’s important to regularly test the sirens to make sure they are working and so that Aucklanders know what they sound like,” says John Dragicevich, Director Auckland Emergency Management.

“There is no cause for alarm when the sirens are tested and the public aren’t required to do anything.”

The sirens are one of several technology-based public warning systems that Auckland Emergency Management has in place for the entire region.

“People can also subscribe to SMS text messaging or email alerts, the Red Cross Hazard smartphone app or engage with us via Twitter and Facebook.”

Messages will be sent to those signed up to emergency alerts, letting them know the siren being sounded is a test.

The tsunami sirens are located in Rodney at Point Wells, Whangateau, Omaha and Waiwera.  In Waitākere sirens are located at Bethells Beach Te Henga, Piha North, Piha South, Karekare, Whatipu, Little Huia, Huia, Te Atatu South, Harbour View Road, Te Atatu Peninsula North, Westpark Marina, Hobsonville Point ferry terminal and Herald Island.

“It is important to be prepared for emergencies like a tsunami by finding out what to do, where to go and where to meet up with family and friends before it hits. Having a chat with your loved ones about what you might do if there is a natural disaster like a tsunami while you are at work, home or out and about is a really simple way you can be prepared.”

 To sign up for tsunami alerts, access tsunami zone maps, and make an emergency plan visit and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.