Hawaii’s Civil Defense Siren Test
I just returned from Hawaii, where for the first time in more than 20 visits to Hawaii, I heard the Civil Defense siren test. Natalie and I had no idea what the blaring alarm was exactly, but knew it was either a test or a sign of something not good—like a tsunami. Luckily, we were in our hotel room; otherwise I would made a beeline from the beach to the hills.
It turns out that the whole state of Hawaii has a test at 11:45 am on the first Friday of every month (I wish someone had told me). According to the website, “the siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.”
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