In the unlikely event of an emergency, outdoor warning sirens may be activated to alert you to go inside and tune to local media for more information.

  • Hearing a siren or receiving an emergency alert does not necessarily mean to evacuate the area.
  • Siren tests are conducted by local emergency management officials on the first Friday of March, June, September and December at 1 p.m.

These tests consist of three parts:

  1. A verbal message in multiple languages to start the test.
  2. A short (less than one minute) wailing siren sound.
  3. A verbal message in multiple languages to end the test.
  • In addition to the scheduled siren tests, you may also hear sounds from the warning sirens during routine maintenance or occasional malfunctions due to lightning strikes.
  • If you hear a siren outside of the normal testing schedule, go inside and check the emergency alert system radio and/or television stations for further information.
  • If you need additional information or have a question, you can contact your local county emergency management office.