AHAB Siren testing Monday February 3rd

MONTESANO, Wash. – Washington State Emergency Management will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, February 3, at noon.

AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.

AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message. These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are OUTDOORS! Residents and businesses located within a tsunami inundation area are encouraged to maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio.

Please DO NOT CALL 911 regarding this testing. If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

Grays Harbor AHAB sirens test successful, connection issues identified

The AHAB test on Monday, January 13th at noon, was successful in activating all AHAB sirens. Washington State Emergency Management Division as well as the Grays Harbor County Radio Shop monitored the test activation. Minor connection issues were found in five AHAB Sirens; Westport, Aberdeen, Ocean City and two in Grayland. Every AHAB siren was activated during the test. Washington State Emergency Management will be sending a crew to inspect each of the five identified sirens this week. The minor connection issues would have no effect in a true activation of the AHAB Siren with the wailing siren used in a true emergency.

Each day, Washington State Emergency Management sends a silent test message to every AHAB Siren in the State. All Sirens in Grays Harbor County passed the daily test this morning, prior to the activation of the test mode by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management.

Washington State Emergency Management is scheduled to activate the AHAB test in February. In order to ensure all sirens are operating optimally, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will activate the Monthly Test on Monday February 3rd, the regularly scheduled test activation day. Washington State Emergency Management and Grays Harbor County Radio Shop will once again, be monitoring the test.

Just a test: AHAB sirens manually activated at noon on Monday

All Hazard Alert Broadcast sirens will again blare the familiar Westminster Chimes and a brief voice message at noon today. After failing their monthly test last Monday, technicians accidentally fired the AHAB sirens Tuedsay morning. Chuck Wallace with the county’s emergency management agency tells us had there been an actual emergency the state EMD could have also triggered the sirens. Wallace said they plan to trigger another test, consisting of the Westminster Chimes and a brief voice message, Monday at noon.

 

Grays harbor AHAB sirens triggered, false alarm Tuesday

The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reports technicians working on the All Hazard Alert Broadcast system accidentally triggered the monthly test. Deputy Director Chuck Wallace tells us they plan to trigger another test, consisting of the Westminster Chimes and a brief voice message, this coming Monday at noon.

“This morning, Tuesday, Jan 7th @10:30am an AHAB test was activated by accident, while equipment testing was taking place at the county Emergency Operations Center.”

 

Grays Harbor AHAB sirens fail monthly test – testing again January 13

The All Hazard Alert Broadcast Siren (AHAB) Test, scheduled for noon on Monday January 6th did not activate the AHAB sirens in Grays Harbor County. The test was initiated by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, however none of the sirens activated with the Westminster Chimes or the test voice message. Chuck Wallace Deputy Director of the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency said “We believe the problem occurred due to a simultaneous transmission on the same frequency used for activation of the test. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will activate the AHAB test (Westminster Chimes with a voice message) once again next Monday, January 13th at noon. Members of the Grays Harbor County Radio Shop and Washington State Emergency Management Division will also monitor our test at that time to ensure proper operation of the system.

If this had been a true event where the AHAB activation would have been needed for public safety and notification, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would have sent multiple activations which they believe would have activated the AHAB Siren system.  Washington State Emergency Management also has the capability to activate all AHAB sirens in Washington.

AHAB siren testing Monday December 2nd

MONTESANO, Wash. – Washington State Emergency Management will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, December 2, at noon.

AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.

AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message. These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are OUTDOORS! Residents and businesses located within a tsunami inundation area are encouraged to maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio.

Please DO NOT CALL 911 regarding this testing. If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management: Avoid rumors during a disaster

1)    There are numerous way citizens can become notified and receive information on severe weather or emergency/disaster events. AHAB Sirens, All Hazard ALERT Weather Radios, the Grays Harbor County Emergency Notification System, AM/FM Radio, The Grays Harbor County Emergency Website and the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Twitter and Facebook pages. See below for information.

a)     Be aware the message television sends may NOT pertain to your site specific location!

b)    Local newspapers do present  pertinent information although the information will not be the most up to date at the time of reading.

c)     The internet presents another situation where the information you receive may not be relevant for your site specific location. Beware of the information you obtain and please check with a bonafide resource such as the numerous sources Grays Harbor Emergency Management provides.

d)    DO NOT call 911 for information. They will be overwhelmed with life threatening, emergency situations and will have no time to answer questions about the event.

 

2)    The All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) Sirens are designed to be heard within a 1 mile radius and OUTDOORS only. Be extremely aware that wind and rain can distort the voice message and also greatly reduce the distance you can hear the siren during severe weather. For notification if you are INDOORS, you will need to purchase an All Hazard Alert Weather Radio. The radios are available at various locations and range between $25.00 – $50.00. Be sure the radio is an ALERT radio. Many purchase radios that need to be tuned and turned on. Those radios WILL NOT provide the necessary protection and alerting your family needs. You’ll need an All Hazard ALERT Weather Radio that activates on its own.

 

3)    Misinformation causes confusion and rumor. If you are not sure about anything related to Emergency Management, severe weather or disaster preparation, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at: GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or call (360) 249-3911.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

4)    AM/FM radio as well as your All Hazard Alert Weather Radio WILL provide you with pertinent information provided by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management for all Grays Harbor County residents.

 

5)    Please like follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

 

6)    If you are interested in signing up for the Grays Harbor Emergency Notification System which will provide you with a phone call, text message and an e-mail in the event of severe weather or an emergency or disaster situation, please follow the link and we will add you to our service. http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/EMailTWS.asp

 

7)    Remember Grays Harbor County Emergency Management has a website at:

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/Index.asp  There is a great deal of information posted there.

 

8)    Emergency Preparedness is your responsibility. Local jurisdictions do not have the capability to assist you in the event of a disaster event. Please plan today for what will impact you in the future. Please call Grays Harbor County Emergency management at (360) 249-3911 or e-mail us at: GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us for assistance in planning or to answer any further questions you may have.

Tsunami sirens will be part of Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on 10/17 at 10:17

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.

Raymond & South Bend AHAB sirens begin monthly tests in Pacific County

South Bend, Wash. – The next monthly test of the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system is scheduled for Monday, October 7th at noon. AHAB sirens recently installed at the Raymond and South Bend Fire Departments will join the existing 16 sirens in Pacific County located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, Ocean Park, Bay Center, and North Cove. Additionally, there are two AHAB sirens located on the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.

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.

The procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster Chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15 second verbal message stating, “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency recommends that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test which is scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at (360) 875-9340 or (360) 642-9340.

AHAB siren testing Monday September 2nd

MONTESANO, Wash. – Washington State Emergency Management will conduct its monthly countywide AHAB (All Hazard Alert Broadcast) Siren test on Monday, September 2, at noon.

AHAB sirens are located in Pacific Beach, Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Ocean Shores, Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Moclips, Westport and Grayland. All Grays Harbor County sirens will be included in the test beginning at noon.

AHAB sirens have a range of about one mile in radius depending on topography and weather. The activation will be Westminster Chimes followed by a test voice message. These sirens are meant to provide emergency notification to people who are OUTDOORS! Residents and businesses located within a tsunami inundation area are encouraged to maintain a working NOAA Weather Radio.

Please DO NOT CALL 911 regarding this testing. If you have any questions or reports regarding the test, please contact Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at 360-249-3911 or ghcdem@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.