Tsunami alert test scheduled on Peninsula today

Peninsula Daily News

All Hazard Alert Broadcast System warning sirens will sound in communities along the North Olympic Peninsula coast at noon today.

Sirens will sound in Port Townsend, LaPush, Neah Bay, Clallam Bay, Lower Elwha, West Port Angeles, Dungeness and Diamond Point.

Winchester chimes will sound for 10 seconds, followed by a recording saying the alert is only a test.

In an actual emergency, people who are indoors should check for messages from the Emergency Broadcast System on their radios or televisions if possible.

“Use the sound of the chimes during this All Hazard Alert Broadcast Siren test as a reminder to stop and think who depends on you in emergencies and are you and your family prepared to stay safe?” said Jamie Wisecup, Clallam County Department of Emergency Management program coordinator.

Preparations include a flashlight near the bed and a “grab n go” kit near the bed with a hard helmet, a pair of leather gloves and hard-sole shoes, she said.

The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management urges people to purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio for use in emergencies.

The department will program the radio for free.

For more information, phone the department at 360-385-9368.

Clallam County would like residents who hear the test to call in information regarding the sirens, the voice announcement and where they were when they heard the test siren.

Phone 360-417-2525 or 360-417-2483 today and Tuesday to provide information.

In the event of an actual emergency, those in low-lying coastal areas should immediately move to higher ground.

More information is available at http://tinyurl.com/6awfvr6.

Last modified: March 03. 2013 6:12PM
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