Tsunami warning sirens to sound across Peninsula today in test

Peninsula Daily News

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

In Jefferson County, sirens are at three sites in Port Townsend — the Port Townsend marina, Point Hudson and Fort Worden — and on the Hoh reservation on the West End.

In Clallam County, sirens are at Diamond Point, Dungeness Fire Station, Four Seasons Ranch, Marine Drive in Port Angeles, Lower Elwha Klallam Community Center, Clallam Bay, the Quileute A-Ka-Lat Community Center in LaPush and two sites in Neah Bay.

The sirens will be heard only by people who are outdoors in these coastal communities.

The chimes will be followed by a voice saying the sound was only a test.

“Use the sound of the chimes followed by the voice message indicating this is only a 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 Jamye Wisecup, program coordinator for the emergency management unit of the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.

A similar notification test can be heard inside buildings on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, AHAB radios throughout Clallam County at noon Wednesday.

This will be a voice-only test of the NOAA alert system.

During a real world event, both the AHAB sirens and NOAA AHAB radios would sound a warning message.

The Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management urges citizens to purchase a NOAA 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 residents who want to let officials know where they were when they heard the test can phone Wisecup at 360-417-2525.

For more information, visit www.emd.wa.gov, www.clallam.net/EmergencyManagement or www.jeffcoeoc.org.

Last modified: May 04. 2014 6:02PM
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