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HI-EMA MEDIA ADVISORY: Monthly siren test for March rescheduled

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 in Latest Department News

What: Monthly Siren Test for March Rescheduled

Who: Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

When: March 1, 2017


Warning Siren Test for March 1, 2017 Rescheduled

The state’s monthly test of the statewide outdoor warning siren system, set for 11:45 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017 has been postponed. The state and counties jointly agree it would be best to reschedule the testing so as to avoid public confusion. Current severe weather conditions may cause area residents to mistake the testing of the siren for an actual emergency alert. The March 1, 2017 test is rescheduled for Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:45 am.

The siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The warning sirens are used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life or property. The sound of the sirens is a cue for residents to turn on a radio or television for information and instruction for an impending emergency. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

Currently areas around the state are experiencing a Flash FloodWatch or a Flash Flood Warning. There is a clear distinction:

Flash Flood Watch means a flash flood is possible in the area, because conditions are more favorable than usual for its occurrence. A watch is a recommendation for planning, preparation, and increased awareness.

Flash Flood Warning means a flash flood is imminent or occurring; take immediate action to protect life and property.

Below is the contact information for the four island counties’ emergency management departments:


Hawaii (808) 935-0031

Maui (808) 270-7285

Honolulu (808) 723-8960

Kauai (808) 241-1800


Media Contacts:

Mary Zanakis

Public Information Officer

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency 808-733-4300 x522

Cell: 808-620-5422

Email: [email protected]


Arlina Agbayani

Public Relations Assistant

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency 3949 Diamond Head Road

Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Office: 808-733-4300 x529

Cell: 808-620-5423

Email: [email protected]