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.
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.