Don't Be Alarmed....By the Alarm

Published: 28-May-2018

Civil Defence is conducting a test of its coastal Tsunami warning sirens at 1pm next Tuesday (April 3). Communities living in beach areas will hear the alarms, which are being tested to ensure they are operating correctly. These tests are undertaken periodically to make sure the alarms are ready in case they are needed at any particular time.

There are three sirens in the Waimakariri District. These are stationed at The Pines/Kairaki, Woodend and Waikuku beaches. Tsumani Siren

A daytime test, during working hours, is chosen in order to minimise the inconvenience for the coastal communities.

The Waimakariri test is one of two that are taking place in the next week: the Christchurch City Council’s Civil Defence team is also testing its sirens, along the coastline from Brooklands to Taylors Mistake. The Christchurch testing will take place at 1pm on Sunday (April 1), and the noise could be carried north on the breeze, so don’t be concerned if you do hear way off wailing while the city tests are carried out.

(the wailing could always be the English cricket team of course, taking more punishment at Hagley!)

While the sirens are a critical part of our District’s preparations in the advent of a tsunami, which would most likely be triggered by an off-shore earthquake, they are just one part.

Personal and family preparations are critical and Civil Defence urges all residents of the Waimakariri to make their own evacuation preparations.

If you haven’t already done this, you can gain assistance with your planning here.

In the meantime, if you hear sirens on Tuesday and are worried at all, don’t hesitate to call our Customer Service Team on 0800 965 468 to speak with our civil defence officers.