Tsunami sirens to be tested as part of Great Washington ShakeOut

Tsunami Evacuation Route

The Pacific County All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) outdoor sirens will be tested as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m. with the actual tsunami siren tone (a three minute wail). The siren tone will be preceded and followed by a verbal message. The AHAB sirens in Pacific County and the other outer Washington coastal counties are being activated to conduct a true “end-to-end” test of the entire tsunami warning system. The sirens recently installed in South Bend and Raymond will be included in this test.
This test will help familiarize residents with the sound made by the AHAB sirens during an actual tsunami warning. It will differ from the routine monthly testing that occurs on the first Monday of each month since it will broadcast an audible siren wail tone for the full three minute warning instead of a chime tone. In addition, the voice message will differ from the monthly test.
NOAA weather radios set to receive the required monthly test will also activate during this test.

Pacific County employees will also be participating in this important event, as a result the public may experience disruptions to normal customer service during the exercise.
Pacific County residents are encouraged to participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut by registering at www.shakeout.org/washington/ and by conducting a personal drill such as Drop, Cover, and Hold or an evacuation walk.

Black Press buys Hawaii and Washington newspapers

The owner of Hawaii’s largest newspaper bought two daily publications on Hawaii’s Big Island and several newspapers in Washington state including the Daily World in Aberdeen this month.

Oahu Publications, which owns the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, said Wednesday it is buying West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald from Las Vegas-based Stephens Media.

The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai also is owned by Oahu Publications, which is a subsidiary of Black Press.

The purchase of The Daily World of Aberdeen, Washington, and three weeklies by another Black Press subsidiary closed Wednesday. The Hawaii sale closes Dec. 1.

The chain now owns nearly all the English-language daily newspapers in Hawaii, except for the Maui News. Rick O’Connor, CEO of Black Press, said he’s not involved in any discussions to buy that newspaper.

“I never rule anything out, but right now we’re focusing on taking the two daily newspapers and integrating them with our business,” O’Connor said in an interview.

Black Press plans to continue printing both Hawaii newspapers on the Big Island. There are no planned staffing changes in Hawaii right now, he said.

“It would be really premature to talk about anything like that, because we just announced the transaction, and we have two months to close,” O’Connor said.

The newspapers owned by Black Press have a collective daily circulation of about 300,000 after the sale, O’Connor said.

In Washington, Black Press is considering returning the Aberdeen newspaper to publication five days a week, instead of its current three-day publication schedule, O’Connor said.

“I don’t think cutting back editions of the paper is a way to bring back customers,” O’Connor said. “We found that in Kauai where we went from six days to seven days. Customers were really excited about that.”

Black Press now owns about 45 newspapers in Western Washington, O’Connor said.

Stephens Media and Black Press had co-owned the website Hawaii.com, but Stephens sold its interest in the website as part of the deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“While we have appreciated the opportunity to serve these wonderful markets for a number of years, we concluded that they were no longer a strategic fit for Stephens Media,” said Ed Moss, Stephens Media CEO, in a statement.

O’Connor says Hawaii and Washington have been growth areas for the company. Both Hawaii papers will continue as dailies, he said.

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