All visitors and residents are advised that the District of Tofino conducts monthly testing of the Cox Bay and North Chesterman Beach outdoor warning sirens (a.k.a. tsunami sirens) on the first Friday of each month at 11:00 am.
The purpose of monthly testing is to ensure that the sirens are functioning effectively and to increase awareness of the importance of personal emergency preparedness.
Siren testing will sound like this:“This is a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test. “— Westminster Chime (10 sec) —“Test of the emergency warning system is complete. This has only been a test.”
For testing purposes, the Westminster Chime is used because it is the all-clear tone used in emergency warning systems around the world.
To learn more about emergency preparedness and planning in Tofino, please visit http://tofino.ca/emergencypreparedness