Testing Sirens for Tornado Season

by Katie Jeffries on March 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

Sirens were wailing Wednesday morning in preparation for tornado season.

Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency tested all thirty-seven sirens in the county. Only two sirens malfunctioned.

"One of those has already been repaired, it is a small electrical issue within the control unit. The other one is receiving interference, so it is not receiving the radio signal, so we have a call into AEP to find out where that interference is coming from," says Bo Keck the director of the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency.

Keck says that siren should be fixed within a day. The sirens will continue to sound every Wednesday at noon. Keck says these tests check the system and give the public a chance to familiarize themselves with the sound of the siren.

"If you hear one (siren), that means there has been a tornado sighted in our area or we are under a tornado warning in bad weather," says Keck.

If you hear a siren go off during bad weather, Keck says to take cover on the lowest level of your home and, if possible, keep a battery operated radio with you to listen for updates on the weather.


Katie Jeffries