Monday, June 7, 2010
Erroneous AHAB Siren System Test Today
South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency’s (PCEMA) All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system was activated today as part of the regular monthly testing schedule. There were issues with the siren activations and preliminary reports are indicating that results at each siren site may differ. PCEMA is awaiting the official spotter reports. PCEMA is working closely with the Washington Emergency Management Division to determine the cause of the malfunction. The standard procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating “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 your radio to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.” In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound the constant tone for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. Both the Westminster chimes and the actual warning tone can be heard by visiting the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.