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Auck­lan­ders are ad­vised there will be ‘‘no cause for alarm’’ at noon on April 2, as the city’s tsunami sirens are given their twice-yearly test. The test co­in­cides with the end of day­light sav­ing. The test se­quence will be three sets of tones, each sig­nal­ing a spe­cific ac­tion. They will sound for one minute each and there will be 15 sec­onds be­tween each set. In an emer­gency, tones will sound for longer. 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. The sirens are one of sev­eral tech­nol­o­gy­based public warn­ing sys­tems that Auck­land Civil De­fence has in place for the en­tire re­gion, peo­ple can also sub­scribe to SMS text mes­sag­ing or email alerts, the Red Cross Haz­ard app or via Twit­ter and Face­book. Mes­sages will be sent to those signed up to civil de­fence and emer­gency alerts, let­ting them know the siren be­ing sounded is a test. In Waita¯kere 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. To find out how to sign up for tsunami alerts, and make an emer­gency plan visit www.auck­land­civilde­fence.org.nz.

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