SOUTH BEND, Wash. — The next monthly test of the All Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) siren system is scheduled for noon Oct. 7. AHAB sirens recently installed at the Raymond and South Bend Fire Departments will join the existing 16 sirens in Pacific County located in the areas of Ilwaco, Seaview, Long Beach, Surfside, Ocean Park, Bay Center, and North Cove. Additionally, there are two AHAB sirens located on the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation.

Sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and the sound may also be affected by bad weather. Residents are encouraged to have alternate methods of warning, such as NOAA weather radios, which are tested weekly and can be heard indoors. 

The procedure for the monthly test is for the sirens to sound the Westminster chimes for 10 seconds followed by a 15-second verbal message stating, “The following is a test of the siren warning system. It is only a test. This is a test of the siren warning system. If this had been a real emergency you should tune to your local radio station or listen to this system for further instructions. This was only a test.”

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency recommends that residents of Pacific County mark their calendars for the monthly AHAB siren system test, which is scheduled for the first Monday of every month at noon. Residents with questions or concerns may contact the PCEMA office at 360-875-9340 or 360-642-9340.

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