Aucklanders to prepare for a tsunami siren test on Sunday

Aucklanders to prepare for a tsunami siren test on Sunday
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Auckland Council is carrying a tsunami siren test which will take place at 12pm on Sunday September 27, 2020.

The tests will sound for two minutes each with one minute between each set. 

"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.

Two recently installed tsunami sirens in Orewa will also be tested for the first time on Sunday.

Auckland tsunami siren locations:


  • Omaha
  • Point Wells

  • Whangateau

  • Waiwera

  • Orewa


  • Te Henga/Bethells Beach

  • Piha (north and south)

  • Karekare

  • Huia

  • Little Huia

  • Whatipu

  • Te Atatu (north and south)

  • Herald Island

Chair of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Committee, Councilor Sharon Stewart says the siren testing is a good way for people to prepare themselves in the event of a real emergency.

"It is also important to test that the technology is working well, it would be a disaster if the technology failed when we need to work the most during a real emergency," Stewart says.

Sirens are not the only means of alerting the public to a tsunami threat. Emergency mobile alerts, local radio, and Auckland Emergency Management's social media channels are also used to alert the public.

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