Submitted by Tacoma Power 

 

Tacoma Power will conduct its annual emergency siren test on Wednesday, April 1. The sirens at Ike Kinswa State Park, Mayfield Lake Park and the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery will sound at 11:00 a.m. and include an announcement of the test. The test will last about 90 seconds.

The test takes place on the first Wednesday of April each year. The test is a requirement of the utility’s federal license to operate its dams and is unrelated to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The test sequence will be:

· Recorded voice: “Attention – this is a test of the Cowlitz emergency warning system. This is only a test.”

· Fluctuating wail for 30 seconds.

· Recorded voice: “This completes the test of the Cowlitz emergency warning system. This was only a test.”

Lewis County Emergency Management typically coordinates a test of their Lewis County Alert system with Tacoma Power’s siren test. They are unable to do the coordinated test this year because they are focused on COVID-19 concerns.

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