Gov’t to test new emergency alarm

| 28/08/2019 | 30 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Government will be testing out its new National Emergency Notification System (NENS) for the first time on Friday, when it will begin one of three test broadcasts that will interrupt all radio stations. Officials from Hazard Management Cayman Islands and the Department of Public Safety and Communication said the test message will begin with the attention signal tone of three beeps.

Beginning on Friday with just the signal, a test message will be broadcast on Tuesday, 3 September, at 11:30am and then again on Friday, 6 September, again at 11:30am. The following message will be played advising the public that it is a test.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

This is the Cayman Islands Government with a coordinated test of the National Emergency Notification System. Broadcasters are testing equipment used to warn you during an emergency. This concludes the test.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

NENS was created to facilitate public safety messages to as wide an audience as possible in the Cayman Islands in an efficient and timely manner. Given Cayman is vulnerable to natural hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, as well as threats from incidents such as transportation accidents, chemical spills and fires, the system is being implemented so public safety can be improved with prompt information to residents about threats and recommended response actions.

See FAQ document for NENS in the CNS Library

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant, typical CIG retrograde solution. They’ll most likely implement a cellular emergency notification system when all islanders finally get access to a solid reliable 3G signal maybe by 2025 if they’re lucky.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone listen to the radio these days? Last time I turned it on, it was some annoying scouser and Canadian talking bollocks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    what about deaf folks?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Attention, attention
    All citizens are ordered to report to their District detention centers
    Do not return to your homes
    Do not contact anyone
    Do not use any cellular or GPS devices
    Surrender all weapons at once
    Attention, this way to the camps

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea for the hundreds of people that still listen to radio!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Charles could of had this implemented in hours (via phone)… much did this cost?

  7. Anonymous says:

    What about Cayman 27? Will it air on there as well?

  8. Anonymous says:

    In the words of the late great Bob Marley…”you can please some people sometimes, but you can’t please all the people all the time…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Still waiting on my text message from last time.

  10. Anonymous says:

    But will it go out over the thousands of Japanese car radio’s?

  11. Anonymous says:

    1) I use Deezer for 5 bucks a month.. Many people don’t listen to radio infested with ads.

    2) I’m sick of mass text message ads for 1 gb of data for $50 from my ISP, can you replace them with actual emergency messages? Thanks.

  12. Anonymous says:

    More people use cell phones than listen to the radio…who came up with this idea?

    • BeaumontZodecloun says:

      I am just guessing, but I imagine the thought process went like this: Younger generations are connected via social media and various devices; the older generations listen to local radio, and might not otherwise know there was an emergency situation without radio notification.

      Of course, I am generalising. The older generations are also those who are often compromised, disabled or just plain slower, and require more of a heads up.

    • Anonymous says:

      It na too bad I mean 25% of contact lil betta than 0.7% lol

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