Tornado sirens sound throughout the state as part of severe weather awareness week.
In Muskingum County the sheriff’s office dispatch center sets off the sirens as part of the test. The dispatch center can sound sirens for the entire county or certain portions.
"It’s like everything else you seldom need it but you want to make sure when you need it it works," said Sheriff Matt Lutz. "It’s kind of like back up generator your always want to try it before you actually need it."
If there is a problem with the siren it’s reported to the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency. The sheriff’s office and EMA then work to figure out the problem. E-M-A Director Bo Keck says this year two sirens did not work and will be repaired in the next few days.
"it could be the sending unit or the siren itself," explained Sheriff Lutz. "It just depends. We’ll have it checked out immediately and try and get it back online."
The sheriff also encourages residents to sign up through the EMA for the Everbridge System. The system alerts residents through phone, text or e-mail of any weather alerts. He encourages residents to have a battery powered radio in case of power outages.
While this test took place in the morning. The tests will take place every Wednesday at noon from now until November.