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Tsunami siren testing set for daylight saving change

Tsunami siren testing set for daylight saving change

At noon on Sunday 6 April 2014, Auckland Civil Defence will be running the first of their twice yearly checks of the tsunami sirens on the north and west Auckland coasts to coincide with daylight savings.

“The public should not be alarmed and are not required to do anything,” says Clive Manley, Civil Defence and Emergency Management Director.

“We run these tests to check operational performance and familiarise residents with the siren tones. The sirens are just one of a number of technology-based public warning systems that Auckland Civil Defence has in place for the entire region to better prepare for natural disasters,” says Mr Manley.

“People can also subscribe to SMS text messaging alerts, the Auckland Civil Defence smartphone app or engage with us via Twitter and Facebook,” he says.

The tsunami sirens are located in Rodney at Point Wells, Whangateau, Omaha and Waiwera. In Waitakere 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 Airbase (Harrier Point) and Herald Island.

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.

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