Auckland, New Zealand, is gearing up for its bi-annual tsunami siren testing, scheduled for Sunday, June 4th at 12pm (midday). The test aims to ensur
Auckland, New Zealand, is gearing up for its bi-annual tsunami siren testing, scheduled for Sunday, June 4th at 12pm (midday). The test aims to ensure the functionality of the siren system and its effectiveness in alerting residents during a real emergency. Located in various coastal areas, the sirens emit a combination of alert sounds and voice instructions to guide people on necessary actions. No action is required from the public during the test.
Auckland’s next bi-annual tsunami siren testing is happening at 12pm (midday) on Sunday 4 June.— Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) (@AucklandCDEM) May 30, 2023
Find full details here: https://t.co/YI2rrXtWz9
Please note on the test day, we will only be testing tsunami sirens and not Emergency Mobile Alert. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/YTrwCpAHN3
To familiarize themselves with the siren sound, residents can listen to a sample on the Auckland Emergency Management website. The test also serves as an opportunity to assess any sirens that have been subject to vandalism or theft, ensuring their full functionality.
While tsunami sirens are not present in all coastal areas of Auckland, the primary method of informing the public in a tsunami emergency is through the Emergency Mobile Alert (EMA) system. Capable mobile phones will receive alerts, and information will also be disseminated through radio, television, news media, and social media platforms.
Auckland residents are encouraged to be proactive in their preparedness. They should check whether they live, work, or play in one of the city’s three tsunami evacuation zones, as these maps are regularly updated. It is crucial to follow the instructions of emergency services during an evacuation and have a household emergency plan in place.
To stay informed and receive disaster alerts, residents can download The Red Cross Hazards App for free from their mobile app store. By remaining vigilant and prepared, Auckland residents can ensure their safety in the event of a tsunami emergency.
Stay informed and prepared
- Download The Red Cross Hazards App for free from your mobile app store. The app is a useful tool to help you through emergencies and receive disaster alerts for your selected area.
- Check the tsunami preparedness tips and what to do before, during and after a tsunami.
- Make a household emergency plan.
- Follow AEM’s official Facebook and Twitter channels to stay updated.
- For more information, visit Auckland Emergency Management website.