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Source: Auckland Council

Aucklanders are advised not to be alarmed when the region’s twice-yearly tsunami siren test takes place at noon on Sunday 29 September in the Rodney and Waitakere ward areas.

Coinciding with the start of daylight savings, the test sequence will be three sets of tones, each signalling a specific action people are advised to take in a real emergency.

The tests will sound for two minutes each with one minute between each set.  In an emergency, tones will last for longer.

“It’s important to test the sirens to make sure they’re working, and that Aucklander’s know what they sound like,” Auckland Emergency Management acting General Manager Sarah Sinclair says.

“There’s no cause for alarm during the testing and no action is required by the public.”

There are several public warning systems that Auckland Emergency Management has in place for the Auckland region.

“People can also subscribe to SMS text messaging or email alerts, the Red Cross Hazard smartphone app or engage with us via Twitter and Facebook,” she adds.

In addition to the tsunami sirens, Auckland Emergency Management will also be testing the Red Cross app as well as sending test messages to those signed up to emergency alerts.

To sign up for emergency alerts, and for access to tsunami evacuation zone maps and resources to make an emergency plan visit aucklandemergencymanagement.org.nz and and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

“It’s a good time for families and friends to have conversations about planning for emergencies, especially preparing getaway kits or agreeing on meeting places if you are not together,” Sarah says.

“Find out if you live in a tsunami evacuation zone and what you need to do to be safe.”

The tsunami sirens are in Rodney at Point Wells, Whangateau, Omaha and Waiwera. In Waitākere sirens are located at Bethells Beach, Te Henga, Piha North, Piha South, Karekare, Whatipu, Little Huia, Huia, Te Atatu South, Harbour View Road, Te Atatu Peninsula North, Westpark Marina and Herald Island.

For everything you need to get ready for an emergency go to aucklandemergencymanagement.org.nz

The siren patterns and the way they will sound in an emergency are:

Alert (dash – dash – dot – dot) sounds for 15 minutes and indicates threat of tsunami. Evacuate beaches, prepare for full evacuation and monitor the radio or television for more information.

Evacuate (dot – dot – dot) continuous bursts for 15 minutes indicates immediate evacuation to the nearest safe high ground and to avoid using personal transport unless essential.

All clear (continuous tone) sounds for 5 minutes indicate threat has passed. Return to premises if they have not been affected and follow directions of the emergency services if your area has been affected.

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