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State cancels monthly emergency siren test as hurricanes approach

  • JAMM AQUINO / OCT. 28, 2006

    Emergency sirens will not sound on Thursday after a combination of events prompted the state to cancel September’s monthly test. This photo shows an emegency warning siren near Ala Moana Bowls.

The state Emergency Management Agency is canceling the monthly emergency siren testing scheduled for Thursday, the first work day of September.

The combination of the approach of two hurricanes, the visit by President Obama and the World Conservation Congress had emergency officials concerned that the siren testing may confuse the public.

“The less confusing the better,” Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator Vern Miyagi said in a news release.

After consulting with the four county emergency agencies, the state decided to cancel September’s test.

Testing will resume on Oct. 1.

In the meantime, officials said any siren sounding should be taken seriously and the public should tune in to news reports if the emergency sirens sound.

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  • How about the weekly and monthly emergency broadcast they inflict on us on TV. What’s really annoying is they not only interfere with the show you are watching, but turn up the volumn to an annoying level. This is unnecessary.

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