Emergency Sirens to be Tested Wednesday

by Danielle Cotterman on January 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency will be doing some testing Wednesday of it’s tornado sirens and radio frequencies.

The agency said residents should not be alarmed by the sirens. The test is being performed as part of a series of tests for the new 911 dispatch center.

"If it’s at noon tomorrow the sirens it’s only a test, the sirens will come up and run for three minutes like they always do on our test," said Disaster Service Coordinator Bo Keck. "If they’re listening to a scanner at one o’clock they’re going to hear a lot of tones and a lot of traffic and again that’s only a test."

The Sheriff’s Office will officially close and move next Wednesday, January 11th from their downtown location to their new location in the Muskingum County East Complex , located on the East Pike by the Child Support Building. The new Sheriff’s Office will reopen January 17th at 8:00 am

Keck said during the moving process emergency calls will be fielded by dispatchers at both locations. In addition to setting-up at the new location, new equipment is being added.

"If we would have moved it we would have had a lot more down time," said Keck. "Here if everything goes like it’s suppose to there will be really no down time, it’ll be just a matter of flipping a switch and going from one center to the other."

As a reminder beginning next Wednesday any visitors of the Sheriff’s Office will need to inquire at their new location. The office phone numbers will remain the same.