The Department of Disaster Management is informing the public that the National Siren System and National Emergency Broadcast System will be tested today, Friday August 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm. The test is carried out on the fourth Friday of every month.
The public is not expected to react once the siren is sounded, as this is only a test. Schools and businesses are however encouraged to use the opportunity of the monthly system activation to test their contingency plans.
As a part of the test, the public is asked to tune into ZBVI, ZROD, ZKING, OR ZCCR for test messages from the Department of Disaster Management. This test is being conducted to assess the automatic capabilities of the Emergency Alert System.
Members of the public are reminded that text messaging is part of the Early Warning System in the BVI, therefore text messages should be issued by the cell providers CCT, Digicel and LIME.
The Department of Disaster Management is grateful to the residents of the BVI for their ongoing support and cooperation in this regard.