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The Auck­land Coun­cil is ad­vis­ing res­i­dents across the re­gion there will be ‘‘no cause for alarm’’ at noon this Sun­day, as the city’s tsunami sirens are given their twice-yearly test, co­in­cid­ing with the end of Day­light Sav­ing. Clocks are wound back an hour at 3am on April 2. The sirens’ test se­quence will be three sets of tones, each sig­nalling a spe­cific ac­tion. They will sound for a minute each and there will be 15 sec­onds be­tween ev­ery set. In an emer­gency, tones will sound for longer. ‘‘It’s im­por­tant to reg­u­larly test the sirens to make sure they’re work­ing,’’ How­ick coun­cil­lor Sharon Stewart says, the Auck­land civil de­fence and emer­gency man­age­ment com­mit­tee chair. ‘‘There’s no cause for alarmwhen the sirens are tested and the public aren’t re­quired to do any­thing.’’ The tests give res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to find out what the sirens sound like, so they can be pre­pared in the event of a real emer­gency. All the sirens are lo­cated in Auck­land’s north and west. To find out how to sign up for tsunami alerts, ac­cess tsunami zone maps, and make an emer­gency plan, see web­site www.auck­land­civilde­ Peo­ple can also sub­scribe to SMS text mes­sag­ing or email alerts, the Red Cross Haz­ard smart­phone app, or en­gage with Civil De­fence via Twit­ter and Face­book.

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