SIRENS SOUND OFF AT END OF DAYLIGHT SAVING
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.aucklandcivildefence.org.nz. 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.