Upcoming Coastal Warning Siren Test

Published: 21-Sep-2021

Civil Defence is conducting a test of its coastal Tsunami warning sirens at 1pm, Monday 27 September

Coastal Warning Siren

Communities living in beach areas will hear the alarms, which are being tested to ensure they are operating correctly.

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

The sirens are tested at least twice a year, usually on the first working day following a change to or from Daylight Savings.

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

The test will proceed as long as the Waimakariri District stays within Covid Alert Level 2 or below, it will be cancelled if we are in Covid Alert Level 3 or higher on Monday.

The test usually takes around one minute to complete and depending on the wind conditions, the sound may travel further inland to other townships.

The sirens play a critical role in our district’s preparations for the risk of a tsunami, which would most likely be triggered by an off-shore earthquake.

However, in a near-source Tsunami, there may not be enough time for the sirens to activate, so if you feel an earthquake and it's long or strong, evacuate yourself immediately.

Long or strong? Get gone!

New Tsunami Zones

The Waimakariri District Council has updated tsunami evacuation zones in response to scientific modelling that showed flooding from a tsunami could travel further inland than previously thought.

The District now has three tsunami evacuation zones: red, orange and yellow, and the Council is encouraging residents to check their property and learn more about the zones. View a map of the new evacuation zones.

Be Prepared

Personal and family preparations are also critical and Civil Defence urges all residents of the Waimakariri to make their own evacuation preparations.  This is a great time to check and update your emergency kit and plan - check out getready.govt.nz for more information.

If you hear sirens on Monday 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.