Following a very active 2011 tornado season, various City officials have noted several types of reactions to the outdoor warning sirens, which have prompted reviews of
current storm siren policies. These reviews are to determine the best practice uses of outdoor warning technologies. Upon reviewing different reactions to sirens, numerous reports from citizens noted that a second sounding of the
storm sirens created their awareness and urgency to take cover. Other citizens commented that they heard the sirens all of the time and didn't take the warnings seriously, and yet some even said they thought the second siren sounding was an "all clear"
To eliminate any confusion the City of Warr Acres Emergency Management would like to restate our policies for sounding storm sirens.
- Siren testing will be conducted on the first (1st) and third(3rd) Saturday at 12:00 (noon) of each month (weather permitting). This test is NOT conducted when threatening weather is in the area.
- When activated due to storm alerts, the siren consists of a steady tome for a
duration of three minutes. Second siren activation will occur IF the initial warning had been sounded more than ten minutes prior to
the warned storm system's arrival to the city. The second activation will be
another three minute sounding.
- The City reminds residents that there will be NO "all clear" sounded by the sirens.
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