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Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS)

SEWS is a wailing siren sound used throughout Australia for various emergency events of major significance, such as cyclones, flooding and severe storms. When you hear the signal on radio or television, pay careful attention to the message that follows and act immediately on the advice given.

If you hear the Standard Emergency Warning Signal, pay attention to the emergency warning that follows. If it applies to you, act on the warning – it could save your life. To hear the Standard Emergency Warning Signal select the links below.

 Audio Symbol  30 second SEWS  Audio Icon  Size(722 kB) November 07 2013 Get Software

Transcript: The Standard Emergency Warning Signal has been adopted Nationally to precede a warning of an emergency situation such as a fire, flood or earthquake aftershock. The alert sounds like this (siren sound). When you hear it you should stop whatever you are doing, listen very carefully to the message that follows and act as advised to protect yourself and others. When you hear this signal, (siren sound), listen as if your life depends on it.

Audio symbol15 second SEWS  Audio Icon  Size(391 kB) November 07 2013 Get Software

Transcript: This is the Standard Emergency Warning Signal (siren sound). When you hear it you should stop whatever you are doing, listen very carefully to the message that follows and act as advised to protect yourself and others. When you hear it, listen as if your life depends on it.

Audio symbolSEWS without message  Audio Icon  Size(237 kB) November 07 2013 Get Software

Transcript: (Siren Sound)

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