LIHUE — The state’s monthly test of the Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. today.
The warning sirens are used to alert the public to emergencies. During the test, all warning sirens will sound a one-minute Attention Alert Signal (Steady Tone) followed by a one-minute Attack Warning Signal (Wailing Tone).
The Attention Alert Signal informs residents to turn on a radio or television for information and instruction for an impending emergency, or if in a coastal inundation area, evacuate to higher ground.
The Attack Warning Signal was recently restarted by the state due to North Korea’s nuclear missile capabilities, its tensions with the U.S. and relative proximity to Hawaii.
It directs residents to seek immediate shelter and remain sheltered in place until an all-clear message is broadcast over radio or television.