OFFICIALS TO CONDUCT TEST OF THE ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
NOAA's National Weather Service and Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency
Management, in cooperation with local emergency management offices and the Alaska Broadcasters
Association, will conduct a test of the tsunami warning communications system on Wednesday, March
30 at approximately 10:15 a.m. The test is part of Tsunami Preparedness Week.
The communications test will involve NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, the emergency alert system and
other state and local communication links. Radio listeners should hear the familiar alerting tone followed
by an audio message describing the test, similar to the routine monthly tests of the emergency alert
system. Residents of some communities may hear sirens, and the siren audio may not contain the word
It is important to note that some television systems are programmed to scroll a standard message based
upon the emergency code received. In some cases, the message may not contain the word 'TEST'. An
audio message will say that it is a test, but if the volume is turned down or otherwise unheard, viewers
may not realize the warning is a test.
The general public can participate in the test by monitoring NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, radio,
cable TV or local television for the emergency alert system message. Local emergency management
may use the test to help increase preparedness for the tsunami hazard. If there is excessive seismic
activity on March 30, the test will be canceled.
The public can provide feedback online at ready.alaska.gov. People monitoring the test in coastal areas who do not receive the test through commercial or weather radio should inform their local National Weather Service office.
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