Severe Weather Awareness Week

by Emily Baird on March 23, 2010 at 6:46 am

As temperatures begin to climb this spring, conditions can become just right for severe weather.

The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency has 37 sirens spread throughout the county that are used as an outdoor warning device to notify people when bad weather is approaching and to save lives.

The county will be testing these sirens tomorrow morning at 9:50 a.m. It’s part of a statewide tornado drill.

"The reason behind it is to let people know that they’re out there because they haven’t been run through the winter at all. Of course for us, it gives us a chance to make sure every siren is working, " says EMA Director, Bo Keck.

The EMA is working with a company that has been checking the sirens over the past two days. Keck says they all seem to be functioning, but tomorrow’s drill will be a true test. If a siren isn’t working properly, the EMA has parts to fix the siren quickly and have it back running in 24 hours. If it’s a bigger problem, Keck says the county commissioners have been great in providing money to purchase a new siren that can be installed within the week.

The EMA is currently waiting on a grant that would pay for three-new sirens.

"One would be in South Zanesville. One would be in Washington Township, and the third one is going to be a portable siren that we can use in case of one being down and also in the case of major events, like our county fair, " says Keck.

These tornado drills will continue to run at noon every Wednesday in Muskingum County for the rest of the summer.