Pacific County Investigates Faulty AHAB Siren Tests Monday

South Bend, Washington – The All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system spotter reports have been received by the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) and forwarded to the Washington Emergency Management Division (WAEMD). The results for today’s test are:

Notes: The sequence heard Monday was 1) chimes with light, 2) wailing siren, 3) high-low pitch siren, 4) chimes, and 5) voice. The voice announcement was short, “tsunami, volcano, hazardous material”. There was no indication this event was a test. At some sites it was reported that the voice was overdriven and distorted.  

LOCATION
CHIMES
VOICE
LIGHT
Ilwaco – 807 Whealdon
NO
NO
NO
Cape Disappointment  – Space 90
YES
YES
YES
Surfside – 33104 J Place
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 21611 V Ln
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 2017 304th Ln
YES
YES
NO
Ocean Park – 27212 U Street
YES
YES
YES
Ocean Park – 2408 245th Lane
YES
YES
YES
Bay Center – 408 Bay Center Road
YES
YES
NA
Seaview – 3801 N Place
YES
YES
YES
Long Beach – 9211 X Street
YES
YES
YES
Long Beach – 319 2nd Street
YES
YES
YES
North Cove – 2829 SR 105 (PCFD5)
*
*
*
North Cove – Seabreeze Rd/Warrenton Cannery Rd
*
*
*

PCEMA is still awaiting spotter reports from the North Cove area.

Volunteers for the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) serve as AHAB siren spotters every month. Without their service PCEMA would be unable to submit timely and accurate monthly test results to WAEMD.

The cause for the AHAB sirens sounding multiple tones and alerts during today’s test is still under investigation. PCEMA will continue to work with WAEMD to determine the cause of the malfunction.

In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound the constant tone for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. Both the Westminster chimes and the actual warning tone can be heard by visiting the PCEMA website at www.co.pacific.wa.us/pcema

Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.