Just a drill: Tsunami sirens to sound next Saturday

Just a drill: Tsunami sirens to sound next Saturday
FILE - This March 16, 2011 photo shows a tsunami evacuation sign in Cannon Beach, Ore. When the big one hits the Oregon coast, people won't need sirens, say experts � they'll know by the intense trembling beneath their feet that a tsunami is on the way and it's time to hustle to high ground.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, file)

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- People in Coos County might hear a startling sound on next Saturday, when the Tsunami warning system is tested.

On Saturday, August 24, a test of the tsunami and Pony Creek Dam warning system will take place. 

The coordinated test of area sirens is being conducted by Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board, City of Coos Bay, and City of North Bend. 

The test will give the public the opportunity to hear the various sirens, and to hear the differences in the audible warnings. 

Sirens will be heard within the cities including the Empire area. 

Sirens located at the North Bend High School, Empire Fire Hall, and Water Board Service Center will be activated at 9:00 a.m., and they will consist of two tests. 

The first test will consist of a three minute steady siren blast representing a tsunami warning. 

A second test will follow consisting of a three minute on and off siren blast (15 seconds on - 10 seconds off) representing a dam failure warning.