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Source: Auckland Council

Auckland’s tsunami siren test will take place at noon on Sunday 27 September 2020, coinciding with the start of daylight saving.

“It’s important to test the sirens to make sure they’re working and to remind Aucklanders what they sound like,” Auckland Emergency Management’s General Manager Kate Crawford says.

“There’s no cause for alarm during the testing and no action is required by the public.”

The tests will sound for two minutes each with one minute between each set.  In an emergency, tones will last for longer. 

Two new recently installed tsunami sirens in Orewa will also be tested for the first time on Sunday. Demonstrating new technology, these sirens produce both a tone and voice instruction.

Sirens are not the only means of alerting the public to a tsunami threat. We use multiple channels to alert the public to an emergency, including Emergency Mobile Alerts, local radio, and Auckland Emergency Management’s social media channels.  

“People can also subscribe to SMS text messaging or email alerts, the Red Cross Hazard smartphone app or engage with us via Twitter and Facebook.

“It’s a good time for families and friends to have conversations about planning for emergencies, especially preparing getaway kits or agreeing on meeting places if you are not together,” Kate says.

To sign up for emergency alerts, hear examples of the siren tones and for access to tsunami evacuation zone maps and resources to make an emergency plan visit and follow AEM on Twitter and Facebook.

Testing of the region’s tsunami sirens will only take place during COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2 – and not in Alert Levels 3 and 4.