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Tsunami Warning System test scheduled for Wednesday

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010

NOAA and its emergency management partners will conduct a statewide test of the tsunami warning communications system on Wednesday at 9:45 a.m.

The emergency test will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, local television and radio stations, and residents in some communities may hear warning sirens. To avoid any confusion with an actual alert, the test will be canceled if there is excessive seismic activity 24 hours prior to the test.

Many television systems are programmed to scroll a standard emergency alert text message, and in some cases the message may not contain the word "TEST." An audio recording will say that the message is only a test.

People monitoring the test in coastal areas who do not receive it are asked to inform their local National Weather Service office. The public can provide feedback online at http://www.tsunami.gov/test.

The test is part of Tsunami Awareness Week, proclaimed by Gov. Sean Parnell as March 21 to 27, and is a cooperative effort of NOAA's National Weather Service, Alaska's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Alaska Broadcasters Association and local emergency management officials.

During Tsunami Awareness Week, emergency managers urge coastal residents to review information on what to do in the event of a tsunami. NOAA's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center Web site.



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