TSUMANI ALERT TEST
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.