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Civil Defence alerting systems test coming soon

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 10:00 a.m.

If you hear a continuous siren sounding at 10am on Friday, October 9, please remain calm, it’s only a test.

Emergency Management Bay of Plenty will be testing all the fixed Civil Defence sirens across the Eastern Bay of Plenty as part of a regional alerting systems test. At the same time, Emergency Management Bay of Plenty staff will also test the text and email alerting systems. Facebook, Twitter, and websites will be updated with information during the test.

The fixed Civil Defence sirens will be activated for 30-60 seconds with a constant tone (not rising and falling like the fire siren) to check the activation system is working correctly.

Emergency Management Bay of Plenty Director Clinton Naude reminds locals that the sirens are not an instruction to evacuate, but to seek further information.

“The fixed sirens are a pretty blunt instrument and can’t give advice on what to do. It is important people understand  the sirens are a signal to listen to the radio, check messages or check the internet to get the latest information from Civil Defence on any threat.”

“People can tune in to Radio 1XX (90.5/92.9FM or 1242AM) to receive information about any potential threat in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. They will know what information to provide to listeners,” Mr Naude said.

Mr Naude also hopes the advertising in the lead-up to the test will remind people to take the opportunity to get their household prepared and make sure the family has a plan in place. 

“We are required to test all our alerting systems often so that we know everything is working as it should in a real emergency,” he says. “New Zealand Shakeout, the national earthquake drill, is being held the following week, so this is a great time for people to think about how they can prepare for an emergency, make sure they know what they will do, have provisions for at least three days and have a family plan.

There are simple things we can all do now – sign up to text and email alerts at www.bopcivildefence.govt.nz, prepare a ‘survival kit’, and talk to the family. Find out more at www.getthru.govt.nz

Visit www.shakeout.govt.nz to sign up for the national earthquake drill at 9.15am on the October 15, 2015.

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