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WCSO Emergency Management vehicle (August 8, 2016). Photo: My Ferndale News

Emergency alert systems to be activated at 10:15am tomorrow (Thurs. 10/15)

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 15th, at 10:15am, the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) and the National Weather Service will conduct warning communications tests. The test will occur simultaneously with the Great Washington Shakeout statewide earthquake drill, part of a global earthquake preparedness effort.

All coastal tsunami sirens in Washington state, including those in Whatcom County, will be activated at 10:15am. This activation will use the real wailing sound of the siren for approximately 2 minutes, not Westminster Chimes as happens during regular monthly tests.

Whatcom County has tsunami sirens in Blaine, Birch Bay, Lummi peninsula, Point Roberts, Sandy Point and the Port of Bellingham.

In addition, National Weather Service offices will perform a required monthly test message via the 22 NOAA weather radio stations serving the state by activating FEMA’s Emergency Alert System (EAS). Radio and television broadcasters will carry the EAS message to help reach more of the public, along with those who have all-hazard weather radio receivers.

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The public is encourage to share this information and not to call 911 when these alert tests are activated.

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