Tsunami siren system to be tested Monday

PORT ANGELES — Winchester chimes will be heard at noon Monday in Clallam and Jefferson counties during a test of the tsunami siren system.

Those who are outside and within 4,000 feet of the sirens will hear the chimes, followed by a voice saying the sound was only a test. The Winchester chimes sound is used for testing. The wailing siren sound would be in the case of a real-world warning.

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 La Push and two sites in Neah Bay.

The sirens will sound a warning as part of a notification system for people outside of buildings and on beaches of coastal communities.

Wednesday at noon is the next test date for the NOAA AHAB radios that many Peninsula residents have inside their homes and businesses. This will be a visual read-out test of the NOAA alert system.

The testing of the sirens and radio systems is a key component of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s and Jefferson and Clallam counties’ Tsunami Ready programs.

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

The testing of the sirens is being held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. For more information on resources and recommendations about how to be better prepared as individuals, households and communities for the many different hazards that could impact your safety, visit https://www.ready.gov/september.

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