Winchester Chimes will sound for 10 seconds at noon Monday, Nov. 1. This is the monthly test of the six All Hazard Alert Broadcast Sirens (AHAB) in Clallam County. The chimes will be followed by a voice message declaring:
“The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune in your radio to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”
These sound tests are run on the first Monday of each month to verify the system’s capabilities to send timely warning notification to the coastal communities of Clallam, Jefferson, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties. Testing of the AHAB Siren system is a key component of Clallam County’s Tsunami Ready program. The test on Monday will include the AHAB sirens at LaPush, Neah Bay, Clallam Bay, Lower Elwha, West Port Angeles, Dungeness and Diamond Point.
To receive warnings for coastal residents located indoors, Washington State Emergency Management Division strongly recommends the use of a NOAA All Hazard Alert Broadcast radio. These devices are relatively inexpensive and can notify you when warnings and watches are issued by NOAA’s National Weather Service for tsunamis, winter storms, high winds, floods, etc., for Clallam County. Information on NOAA All Hazard Alert Broadcast radios can be found at http://www.weather.gov/nwr/.
Clallam County invites citizens who are outside and hear the siren test to call in information regarding the chimes, the voice announcement and where they were when they heard the test siren. You can leave your information throughout Monday and Tuesday following the test siren with Clallam County Emergency Management at 417-2525.
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