Tsunami Sirens Now Broadcasting in English and Spanish

Tsunami alert sirens in our area will now broadcast in English and Spanish for tests and warnings along the coast. The Washington State Emergency Management Division reports that the All Hazard Alert Broadcast Sirens (AHAB’s), have been updated with new voice chips that now include both English and Spanish announcements. The chips have announcements for the monthly tests, the October Shake Out Exercise, and announcements in both languages for actual tsunami events.

Chuck Wallace, Deputy Director of the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency said that monthly tests on the first Monday of each month at noon will begin with the Westminster chimes, followed by an English announcement, then a Spanish announcement.

The standard announcement is “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 your radio to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”

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The only change from all previous monthly testing is that the Spanish announcement will now follow the English announcement.

For the October Great Shakeout Siren test we will make the voice announcement in English then Spanish, followed by the 90 second wail sound, (the true siren activation) then repeat the voice announcements.