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Siren testing on Dec. 27

The siren in Hakalau (Hwy. 19, north of mile marker 15 and Chin Chuck Road), North Hilo District, will be tested between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27.

Residents in this area may hear the siren sound for 30 seconds during the identified time period. Technicians will use data gathered from this test to verify operational status.

The Hakalau siren was rendered non-operational following a car accident in 2011 and was recently replaced with an upgraded siren that will better serve the area. The upgraded siren will have a half-mile radius, solar backup power, and a composite pole with a lifetime warranty against termites and rot.

As a reminder, the monthly Emergency Alert System and Siren Warning System test will take place as normally scheduled at 11:45 a.m., on the first working day of the month, Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Hawaii Island residents may call Hawaii County Civil Defense at 808-935-0031 if they have any questions or concerns regarding this test of the Statewide Outdoor Siren Warning System.