March 25, 2009
Through a proclamation signed by Governor Palin, March 22 through March 28, 2009 has been declared Tsunami Awareness Week. The week coincides with the anniversary of the Great Alaskan Earthquake...a devastating 9.2 magnitude earthquake that triggered deadly tsunamis in Alaska 45 years ago on Good Friday. The focal point for this awareness week is the test of the Alaska Tsunami Warning System.
The communications test involved NOAA Weather Radio, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and other state and local communication links. The radio and television test included the familiar alerting tone followed by an audio message describing the test, similar to the routine monthly tests of the EAS. Many television systems are programmed to scroll a standard emergency alert text message and in some cases, the message may not contain the word "TEST." An audio message will say that the warning is a test, but if the volume is turned down or otherwise unheard, viewers may not realize the warning is a test. Communities with tsunami sirens may have sounded those sirens during the test.
Members of the public that
have heard the test are encouraged to log onto www.tsunami.gov/test ,
and fill out a brief survey. Officials will evaluate the success
of the test and correct any problems that are uncovered. Most
importantly, people in coastal areas who DID NOT receive the
test through commercial radio or weather radio should fill out
the online survey and inform their local NWS office.
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