Officials to Test Sirens During Severe Weather Awareness Week

Officials to Test Sirens During Severe Weather Awareness Week
Severe Weather Awareness Week began Monday, April 19, and continues through Friday, April 23. 
As part of the week’s activities, the National Weather Service will run tests of the severe weather announcements over the weather radio. Those tests will be on Wednesday, April 21, according to Kevin Schuelke, Grant County emergency management director. The tests will include a tornado watch at 10 a.m. and a tornado warning at 10:15 a.m. 
Community officials will test the sirens in all the communities in Grant County on Thursday, April 22, running the fire siren at 10 a.m. and the storm siren at 10:02 a.m. Schuelke noted that sometimes residents are unsure of what each siren sounds like. “The fire siren is a wavering tone for 15 seconds or less,” he explained. “The storm siren is a steady blast for a long duration and extended period of time. Keep in mind these sirens rotate on their poles.” Schuelke encourages residents to listen to and differentiate the two sirens. 
Officials will also send out a CodeRed notification test, along with a message to notify the siren test. 


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