AHAB sirens fail to sound, then false alarm

Despite issues with the AHAB warning sirens this week, Grays Harbor Emergency Management officials said they’re still confident that the sirens would activate in a real emergency.

On Monday, a test was scheduled for noon but sirens didn’t sound. Deputy Director Chuck Wallace wrote in a press release that multiple transmissions at the same time on the same frequency caused the malfunction.

“If this had been a true event where the AHAB activation would have been needed for public safety and notification, Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would have sent multiple activations, which we believe would have activated the AHAB Siren system,” Wallace wrote.

State emergency management officials can also activate the system if needed.

The test was re-scheduled to noon Monday, Jan. 13, but on Tuesday, the sirens were activated accidentally during equipment testing at the county Emergency Operations Center.

Wallace wrote in another press release that the Jan. 13 test will still take place as scheduled.


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