Live testing

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update

Please note, live testing scheduled for Thursday April 16 2020 has been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions.

Thank you for your feedback

Following live testing of the outdoor warning stations on 9 October 2019, Council asked for feedback from the community. Here’s the key outcomes from the brief questionnaire:

  • Our communications worked – the majority of people were aware of live testing.
  • For those who were present in the Redlynch Valley during live testing, the majority could hear the sirens sound.
  • The siren tone did not travel as well as expected.

The live testing results along with feedback from the community indicated that adjustments to the system need to be made followed by further live testing. Live Testing will occur on 16 April 2020.

Your feedback is important to us

Your feedback is important to us as we are always working toward improving our service in the community. Every piece of feedback helps us make sure your experience with Council is as good as it can be. Please complete our brief questionnaire on the live testing exercise before 30 November.

What is live testing?

Nine outdoor warning stations have been installed throughout the Redlynch Valley from Crystal Cascades to Brinsmead, as one component of the Copperlode Falls Dam Emergency Action Plan Early Warning System. Read more about the Copperlode Falls Dam Emergency Action Plan and the Early Warning System.

Following the completed installation of the outdoor warning stations, testing of the system is required to ensure its viability and to create awareness within the community on what to expect in the highly unlikely situation of a dam related emergency. While the likelihood of a dam failure is extremely low, Council's priority is always focused on the safety of our community and our visitors.

When and how will it happen?

Live testing will occur on 16 April 2020 between 10am and 2pm.  This exercise is based on the live testing results and community feedback following the October 2019 live testing exercise.

All stations will be tested multiple times to allow for fine-tuning of the system. Stations may be tested individually and/or together. View the location of each Outdoor Warning Station.

What will it sound like?

All stations will be tested multiple times to allow for fine-tuning of the system. Stations may be tested individually and/or together.

Live testing of each individual outdoor warning station will last for approximately 20 to 40 seconds in total. It will begin with a voice activation lasting approximately 10 seconds followed by a siren tone also lasting approximately 10 seconds, with the option to repeat.

With consideration to the October 2019 live testing results, a more appropriate siren tone has been chosen. Listen to the new siren tone:

Listen to the siren tone:

"Attention! Attention! We will shortly conduct a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test, I repeat this is only a test. This is only a test, I repeat this is only a test."

Listen to what this will sound like.

What do I need to do?

This is a test exercise only. However, residents and visitors in the area should familiarise themselves with their own emergency evacuation plan.

More questions?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or for more information, please email the project team on ewsproject@cairns.qld.gov.au or call Customer Service on 1300 69 22 47.

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Last updated: 26 March 2020