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NEWS RELEASE: Siren Testing on OAHU – JUNE 12 & 13, 2019

Posted on Jun 10, 2019 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU — The Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), together with the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, will conduct siren testing at the following locations and time on Wednesday, June 12, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

  • Makua Cave, Wai’anae
  • Kalihi Valley District Park, Kalihi

On Thursday, June 13, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., siren testing will be conducted at the following locations:

  • Waimānalo Town Center, Waimānalo
  • Hanauma Bay, Hawai’i Kai

Residents nearby may hear the siren sound for 30-seconds to 3-minute intervals during the identified timeframe. Testing will include short blasts known as “burps”. During the tests, Emergency Management Officials and Technicians will be checking the functionality of the sirens.

These sirens were installed as part of HI-EMA’s ongoing Outdoor Warning Siren Program.  Other sirens will be updated, and new sirens installed, at various locations across the state under this Program.

The Outdoor Siren Warning System for Public Safety is one part of Hawai’i’s Statewide Alert & Warning System used to notify the public during pending emergencies.

HI-EMA encourages the public to make use of other supplemental methods of warning including, but not limited to, signing up for the HNL.INFO mass text notification system and utilizing NOAA Weather Radio.

Residents with concerns about the sirens or their operations, or with reports of siren malfunctions, may contact the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management at

(808) 723-8960.

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Arlina Agbayani

Public Relations Officer

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Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

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