Tsunami sirens on Auckland’s north and west coasts will be tested for the second time this year at noon on Sunday 25 September by Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
The twice-yearly tests are scheduled to coincide with beginning and end of daylight saving, which runs from 25 September until 2 April 2017.
“It’s important to regularly test the sirens to make sure they are working,” says Aaron Davis, Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management’s Head of Operations.
“There is no cause for alarm when the sirens are tested and the public aren’t required to do anything,” Mr Davis says. “But they will give residents the opportunity to find out what the sirens sound like.”
The sirens are one of several technology-based public warning systems that Auckland Civil Defence has in place for the entire region, says Mr Davis. “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,” he says.
The tsunami sirens are located 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, Hobsonville Airbase (Harrier Point) and Herald Island.