Test of coastal hazard sirens scheduled for noon today

Alarm sirens will sound along the low-lying coastal beaches in Clallam County and Jefferson County at noon today.

The All-Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) sirens at Jefferson County, Diamond Point,Dungeness, Morse Creek, Port Angeles Marine View Drive, Lower Elwha Community Center, Clallam Bay, Neah Bay, and LaPush will sound on noon to test the notification system for people working or visiting outside at these coastal communities along the North Olympic Peninsula Coast.

Emergency preparedness officials ask that residents use the sound of the Winchester chimes followed by the voice message indicating this is only a test as a reminder to stop and think about your next step to be better prepared for any natural hazard that could impact your area.

Washington State Emergency Management Division has developed these pole-mounted siren systems that are now deployed throughout the coast and inland waterways of our state.

The AHAB sirens’ purpose is to warn vulnerable coastal communities when a tsunami or other disaster is imminent so that lives can be saved through a timely evacuation.

For more details about the siren, visit the Washington State Emergency Management Division website at: https://mil.wa.gov/static/78/tsunami.

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 voice-only test of the NOAA alert system.

For more information on emergency preparedness in Jefferson and Clallam County, go to www.emd.wa.gov.

For more information on tsunamis and warning systems, go to www.clallam.net/EmergencyManagement/resources.html#tsunamis.

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