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Two New Tsunami Sirens at the Port of Everett Join Washington's Statewide Tsunami Network

Date: Jun 18, 2021

On June 18, 2021, the first of two tsunami warning sirens planned for the Everett waterfront was installed at Jetty Landing & Boat Launch, with the second siren anticipated for install tomorrow at the Port of Everett Seaport. Everett’s new sirens are part of Washington State Emergency Management Division’s statewide Tsunami Siren Network, which includes 122 All-Hazard Alert Broadcast (AHAB) tsunami sirens located along Washington’s inner and outer coasts that provide an outdoor alerting method for people and communities on or near the water.

Upon the issuance of a tsunami warning, the sirens will play a wailing sound followed by a voice message in English and Spanish instructing listeners to evacuate immediately to high ground. The sirens have an audible range of approximately one mile. The system is also topped with a blue light for the hearing impaired.

Once Everett’s new sirens are operational, routine testing is required on a monthly basis. Testing will be conducted on the first Monday of every month at noon. The monthly tests will have a Westminster chime as opposed to the full siren warning protocol. The sirens are tested at full wail each year on the third Thursday in October, in conjunction with the “Great Washington ShakeOut” statewide preparedness event.

The Port of Everett and City of Everett’s Everett Emergency Management will continue to coordinate with community partners on tsunami preparedness and response efforts.

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