CAMP MURRAY — Tsunami sirens will blare on the Washington coast for three minutes this week as part of a statewide earthquake drill.
Officials with the state Military Department's Emergency Management Division said Friday that the test will begin at 10:17 a.m. Thursday in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties as part of the Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill.
The Great Washington ShakeOut features a statewide "drop, cover and hold on" drill on the same time and date. State officials hope more than 1 million people will participate in Washington, which is participating with many other states.
This test, which begins at 10:17 a.m. in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, will differ from routine monthly tests which occur on the first Monday of each month. The October 17 test will begin and end with a verbal test message, with sirens activating for three minutes in between. The sirens will sound the same tone played during an actual tsunami warning.
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.
In conjunction with this event, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will also test the use of the emergency notification system, calling all landlines and registered cell and VoIP phones in the county. Calls are expected to take place during the afternoon and evening on October 17th. To receive emergency notifications on your cell or VoIP phone, you must register at http://www.hyper-reach.com/wapacificsignup.html.
NOAA weather radios set to receive the required monthly test will also activate during this test.
Washington 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.
Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 17* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!
Washingtonians can join them today by registeringfor the 2013 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.
Individuals or families that register for the Great Washington ShakeOut today may be eligible to win a home earthquake retrofit worth $10,000! Learn more and see official rules.