Test of new signal scheduled Dec. 1

LIHUE — The Kauai Emergency Management Agency is announcing that a new siren signal will be tested on Friday, Dec. 1, at 11:45 a.m.

A wailing tone that advises everyone to take immediate shelter, the “attack warning” tone will be added to the monthly test.

During the Dec. 1 test and for all subsequent monthly tests, the standard “alert” tone will sound for 50 seconds, followed by a 10-second pause and then 50 seconds of the “attack warning” tone.

“Although the probability of a nuclear missile attack on Hawaii is still assessed as unlikely, emergency managers from the Kauai Emergency Management Agency and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency stress the importance of whole- community awareness and preparedness should such an event occur,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.

If a missile is launched from North Korea, the warning time available for Hawaii is only 15 minutes or less. Given the short timeframe, the public will have little time to react.

“If the public hears the new attack warning signal outside of scheduled testing periods, they should immediately seek shelter, indoors if possible, stay inside, and stay tuned to local media for updates,” said Elton Ushio, KEMA emergency management administrator.

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