Full-volume tsunami siren test, Weds

By on Fri, August 27, 2010

A full volume test of the Coastside tsunami warning sirens is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 1.

Eight sirens will be tested on Wednesday, September 1st. On the Coastside, sirens are located in Princeton, El Granada, Miramar and Half Moon Bay and should be heard in the beach areas west of Highway 1 as far south as Kelly Street in Half Moon Bay. In Pacifica they sirens should be heard in the Linda Mar Beach, Rockaway Beach and Sharp Park areas west of Highway 1.  A siren will also be tested in the town of Pescadero.

The test will last between one and three minutes to insure all the sirens to reach their peak sound level. Even at full volume, sirens may not be heard inside. In an actual emergency the Emergency Alert System and a Telephone Emergency Notification System would also be activated to notify people indoors.

In an emergency, the sirens will sound continuously for several minutes. Should this occur, people should immediately leave the beach areas and tune their radios (KCBS 740 AM or KQED 88.5 FM) for official information and evacuation instructions.