Monthly Emergency Siren Testing

Posted: April 14, 2016

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All residents are advised that the District of Tofino will conduct monthly testing of the Cox Bay and North Chesterman Beach emergency sirens (a.k.a. tsunami sirens) on the first Friday of each month at 11:00 am.

The purpose of monthly testing is to ensure that the sirens are functioning effectively and to increase awareness of the importance of personal emergency preparedness.

Siren testing will sound like this:

“This is a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test. “ -- Westminster Chime (10 sec) -- “Test of the emergency warning system is complete. This has only been a test.”

For testing purposes, the Westminster Chime is used because it is the all-clear tone used in emergency warning systems around the world. In the event of a real emergency such a tsunami warning, the sirens will emit a wailing tone and a voice message will indicate the level of alert and advise that listeners tune into the local radio station at 90.1 FM for details.

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