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MEDIA ADVISORY/NEWS RELEASE


DATE:  "March 23, 2020"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Incident Number: 
2020


Crime/Incident:
Public Service Announcement - TSUNAMI WARNING COMMUNICATIONS TEST


Location: 
De Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino Counties


Date of Incident: 
03-25-2020


Time: 
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Victim(s): 
N/A


Suspect(s): 
N/A


Written By: 
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten  #1184


Synopsis: 
TSUNAMI WARNING COMMUNICATIONS TEST

Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, between 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 Noon

WHERE: Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties.

HOW: Interruptions of TV* and Radio Stations, and activation of NOAA Weather Radios and Outdoor Sirens.

*Not all Cable and Satellite TV Stations may be able to participate

WHY: To test the Tsunami Warning System to ensure it works properly during a real tsunami emergency.

HOW THIS TEST WILL AFFECT YOU:

If you are watching television between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon on Wednesday morning, expect to see a crawler at the bottom of the screen indicating that a tsunami warning has been issued, and hear a voice indicating that it is only a test. If you don’t hear the TV audio, please remember that this is only a test. If you are listening to the radio, you will hear alerting tones followed by a voice announcing that the test is occurring. If you have a NOAA weather radio with the Public Alert feature, the radio will automatically turn on and you will hear the same message as broadcast on radios. In some areas, you may also hear the sounding of a tsunami siren, an airplane testing its public address system, or receive other communication tests in some local jurisdictions. The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system that comes across smart phones will NOT be activated for this test.

Please help us by providing any feedback regarding this test by emailing:

ryan.aylward@noaa.gov

When you hear or see the warning test on March 25 between 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 Noon:

• You do NOT need to take any action
• Do NOT call 911 or local authorities
• Do NOT evacuate your home or business

THIS IS ONLY A TEST!!

PREPARE: Find out more about preparing for earthquakes, tsunamis or any other disasters on the North Coast at http://humboldt.edu/shakyground, or contact the American Red Cross: Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake, and Mendocino counties – (707) 832-5480. America’s PrepareAthon! (http://www.community.fema.gov/), the Great California Shakeout (https://www.shakeout.org/california/), and The Tsunami Zone (https://www.TsunamiZone.org) are great places to get preparedness information for natural hazards.

The test is conducted by the National Weather Service, the California Office of Emergency Services, the Offices of Emergency Services for Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties, and Tribal Governments. For more information, contact: National Weather Service (707) 443-6484.


Approved by: 
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten  #1184
TSUNAMI WARNING COMMUNICATIONS TEST
DEL NORTE, HUMBOLDT AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES
03-25-2020
11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Kendall, Sheriff-Coroner
951 Low Gap Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4411, Sheriff@MendocinoSheriff.com
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