South Bend, Washington – The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency’s (PCEMA) All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system was tested today. Activation did not occur at three of the 11 sites located in Pacific County. Sites are and continue to be "quiet-tested" daily. Indications prior to today’s audible test indicated all sites were functioning appropriately. The cause of the local malfunction is being investigated.
Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be impacted by adverse weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors.
In actual events, the AHAB sirens will sound the constant tone (no warble) for three continuous minutes, and may be followed by a verbal message. The Pacific County Tsunami Plan calls for the AHAB sirens to be activated any time Pacific County is placed within the area of a tsunami warning. A tsunami warning means that an earthquake in the Pacific Rim may have generated a tsunami wave that has the potential to reach the Pacific County coastline within a three hour window of time.
Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.