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Lahar sirens will blare today as part of monthly test

Post by Kate McEntee / The News Tribune on Oct. 5, 2010 at 7:12 am with 1 Comment »
October 5, 2010 7:14 am

At 10 a.m. today, Pierce County Emergency Management will test the Mount Rainier Lahar Outdoor Warning Sirens. They will wail for about one minute.

Sirens are in Puyallup, Orting, Sumner, Fife, McMillin, Riverside and Alderton.

Today’s test marks the beginning of monthly lahar tests. The tests will take place on the first Monday of every month.

If you have questions, call 253-798-7470.

Read The News Tribune’s complete story about the monthly lahar tests here.

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  1. Wanting to know what these sirens sounded like I awaited their alert on my front porch today. Living in the Riverside area, these could be vital to my safety.
    Sadly, if I hadn’t been on the porch and intensely listening I never would have heard the sirens. A very very faint sound coming from the Puyallup zone was audible but if I had been inside or less attentive, I never would have heard them.
    Why are the sirens not audible to those in the lower Riverside areas near Waller and Gay Rd?
    Thinking back to the 2009 flood, if they had needed to release the dam and we were dependent on these alarms to warn us down stream of the flooding without access to power for phone alerts, we would have been lost.
    Was there a failure in a closer siren or are the placements not effective for alerting all the residents in this zone?

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