Archive for Tuesday, March 13, 2007

It’s only a test

Sirens to get workout

March 13, 2007


If you're not from around here, don't freak out at 1:30 p.m. today - those sirens are only a test.

The National Weather Service will conduct a statewide tornado drill for both Kansas and Missouri at that time.

The weather service is working with emergency management agencies this week in both states at the local and state levels.

As part of the drill, the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, Mo., will issue a test tornado warning.

Local warning sirens, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration All-Hazards Weather Radios and the Emergency Alert System will be activated when they get the warning to signal the start of the drill.

According to Teri Smith, acting director of Douglas County Emergency Management, there are 33 outdoor sirens in Douglas County.

They sound for only 60 seconds on test day.

During an emergency, they will blare for three minutes and may be sounded several times.

Local officials can opt to sound them all, individually or regionally.

From March through July, the outdoor sirens are tested on the first and third Mondays of the month. From August through February, they are tested on the first Monday of the month.


countrygirl 11 years, 2 months ago

So will Katie be on the air having a practice freak out?

trinity 11 years, 2 months ago

hah, that WAS good cg, lmao! :)

anybody think this article should be forwarded to katie tornadie? you know, just in case? ;)

rhd99 11 years, 2 months ago

If this had been an actual emergency, RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! hahahahahhah! Come on, it was funny!

Lorrah 11 years, 2 months ago

Too bad the sirens never sounded. We're all going to die.

GetItRight 11 years, 2 months ago

The sirens didn't sound until 1:49 because the national weather service didn't send the alert until then.

By the way....great writing skills, I love going to my local paper website for the latest news and them telling me not to 'freak out.' Highly professional.

Nikki May 11 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, we were sitting there at nearly 2 and I looked at my co-worker and said, "Is that the siren finally?" (barely audible) only to get the half of my class that were awake "freaking out".

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