Travel Tip of the Day: Hawaii’s Civil Defense Siren Test

Hawaii’s Civil Defense Siren Test
I just returned from Hawaii, where for the first time in more than 20 visits to Hawaii, I heard the Civil Defense siren test. and I had no idea what the blaring alarm was exactly, but knew it was either a test or a sign of something not good—like a tsunami. Luckily, we were in our hotel room; otherwise I would made a beeline from the beach to the hills.

It turns out that the whole state of Hawaii has a test at 11:45 am on the first Friday of every month (I wish someone had told me). , “the siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.”

The above I took with my phone gives you an idea of how loud it is. Check out more info (same link as above).



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3 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Hawaii’s Civil Defense Siren Test"

  1. Jeez, Johnnie… I’d rather see Natalie!


  3. I thought EVERY city in America had civil defense tests once a month. Ours is the first Wednesday of the month and it is VERY loud and long. Can’t imagine being surprised when hearing it somewhere else.

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