GHS/OCD, NBG, and AAFB to conduct simultaneous testing of Emergency Warning Systems

by 36th Wing Public Affairs
Andersen Air Force Base

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations on Monday, October 2, 2017 beginning at 3 p.m.

The pre-scheduled quarterly test for GHS/OCD will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) monthly routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system, “Giant Voice (GV).”

“This will be the first time Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base, and Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense have simultaneously tested our warning systems,” said Capt. Hans Sholley, NBG commanding officer. “This demonstrates the great partnership between the federal and local governments and ensures that if and when the need arises to use these emergency warning systems, we will be able to inform the whole island.”

“The quarterly tests help us to identify gaps and shortfalls with our current capabilities,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “It is important for the public to understand that the AHAWS is but a single component in our emergency mass notification system. We ask for the public’s patience and support as we continually work with our Federal, military, and private partners to improve our island’s all-hazards warning system.”

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens and GV speakers can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Alert” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Euro%20Tones%20Wav%20Files/Alert.wav. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will continue to be conducted on a quarterly basis. The GV tests will continue to be held monthly and typically falls on the first Monday of each month.

The following are a list of AHAWS siren sites to be tested:

1. GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Asan Mayor's Office

6. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

7. Inarajan Elementary School

8. Yona Mayor's Office

9. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

10. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

11. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

12. Port Authority of Guam

13. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

14. Hotel Nikko Guam

15. Tamuning Mayor’s Office

Only the sirens will be utilized for the test on October 2. In the event of a real emergency, GHS/OCD would utilize multiple forms of mass communication to inform the public including the AHAWS sirens, the Emergency Alert System through television and radio, local media, SMS breaking news alerts through local media and telecommunication companies, mass notification email, social media, website, and various emergency responders.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov or NBG Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Theresa Merto Cepeda at (671) 339-2663 or via email at theresa.cepeda@fe.navy.mil.

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