The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency took part in the statewide test Wednesday of the tornado alert system. The news is good — all the sirens performed as expected locally. Starting next week the E-M-A will be testing all 42 sirens in the county every Wednesday at noon through October.
"Every county has a different test schedule. They usually do it on a Wednesday or on a Saturday. Some of them do it at 10, some do it at 11, but we pick noon because a lot of people are out to lunch and are around the community," said Muskingum County EMA Director, Bo Keck.
Two sirens were added last year, but it doesn’t look like there will be any added this year due to the high cost of them. Keck says the EMA is always looking for grants, and hopes to add more sirens in the future to subdivision areas and trailer parks. The EMA wants to remind residents that these are outdoor warning sirens and if you are inside, you are urged to rely on the local media in case of an emergency.
"One of the big things people need to realize is that there is a big difference between a warning and a watch. A watch means to keep your eyes open, the conditions are favorable for a storm. A warning means there’s been a storm spotted or the radar indicates there is a storm."
You can also sign up to receive free text messages, phone calls and e-mail alerts sent to your phone from the EMA when an emergency happens. You can register your number on the Muskingum County EMA website, www.ema.muskingumcounty.org