Daylight Savings Ends This Weekend, Tsunami Sirens to be Tested

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From Auckland Council:

Tsunami siren testing set for this daylight savings weekend 

At midday on Sunday 3 April 2016, Auckland Civil Defence will be running the first of their twice-yearly checks of the tsunami sirens on the north and west Auckland coasts, coinciding with the end of daylight savings.

“The public should not be alarmed, and are not required to do anything,” says Aaron Davis, Auckland Civil Defence’s Head of Emergency Management Operations.

“We run these tests to check operational performance and familiarise residents with the siren tones. The sirens are just one of a number of technology-based public warning systems that Auckland Civil Defence has in place for the entire region to better prepare for natural disasters.”

“People can also subscribe to SMS text messaging alerts, the Auckland Civil Defence smartphone app or engage with us via Twitter and Facebook,” he says.

Councillor Sharon Stewart, Chair of Auckland Council’s Civil Defence and Emergency Management Committee says, “Tests like this are nothing to worry about but they are important to carry out to raise awareness and check processes. I’d encourage residents to download the Auckland Civil Defence smartphone app to stay updated wherever they are.”

The tsunami sirens are located in Rodney at Point Wells, Whangateau, Omaha and Waiwera. In Waitākere, sirens are located at Bethells Beach Te Henga, Piha North, Piha South, Karekare, Whatipu, Little Huia, Huia, Te Atatu South, Harbour View Road, Te Atatu Peninsula North, Westpark Marina, Hobsonville Airbase (Harrier Point) and Herald Island.

The test sequence will be three sets of tones, each signalling a specific action. They will sound for one minute each and there will be 15 seconds between each set. In an emergency, tones will sound for longer.

For more information about public alerting systems and to hear the siren patterns visit  For the latest updates follow “Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management” on Facebook or @AucklandCDEM on Twitter.



Further Information

For everything you need to get ready for an emergency go to 

The siren patterns and the way they will sound in an emergency are:

Alert (dash – dash – dot – dot) sounds for 15 minutes and indicates threat of tsunami. Evacuate beaches, prepare for full evacuation and monitor the radio or television for more information.

Evacuate (dot – dot – dot) continuous bursts for 15 minutes indicates immediate evacuation to the nearest safe high ground and to avoid using personal transport unless essential.

All clear (continuous tone) sounds for 5 minutes indicate threat has passed. Return to premises if they have not been affected and follow directions of the emergency services if your area has been affected.


The siren sounds are both written out and available as an audio file online here:


The Auckland Civil Defence Application is a free downloadable application for smartphones including iPhone, Android and Windows devices.

As an emergency may affect data networks and/or text messaging services, there is also the option to subscribe to receive SMS text message alerts as an extra precaution.

Get more information on the Auckland Civil Defence Application here

You can help make Auckland more resilient to disasters by commenting on the draft Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) Group Plan.

Visit to provide your feedback.



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