Licking testing sirens April 9


Submitted by Clinton Schwarz,
Emergency Management Director,
Licking and Texas County

Testing of Licking’s outdoor warning sirens will be conducted on the second Tuesday of each quarter at 10:00 a.m. (January, April, July, and October). The next test will be April 9. If a severe weather watch or warning is in effect for the Licking area prior to 10:00 a.m. on a scheduled test day, the sirens will not be tested that day. Outdoor warning siren tests will resume on the next scheduled test date.
The sirens are activated for imminent threats. Upon hearing outdoor warning sirens, it is important that all persons immediately take appropriate shelter and refer to local broadcast media (radio, TV, etc.) for additional information.
When activated, the sirens will be sounded for 3 minutes, and re-sounded every 3 minutes for the duration of the threat. There is no “all clear” signal from the outdoor warning sirens.
The sirens are activated for severe weather threats including tornado warnings and thunderstorm warnings, and for other local, life-threatening events including non-weather emergencies (hazmat incident, terrorism, nuclear emergency, etc.) that pose a threat to those outdoors and require action to protect life.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issues warnings, which define the area threatened by the storm and include information about the history and/or potential of the specific storm. In addition, trained spotters provide real-time reports of an imminent threat approaching or occurring in the community. When a warning includes the specific hazards defined below or when trained spotters report any of these hazards, sirens will activate in the threatened area.
The sirens will activate for tornados when a tornado warning is issued by the NWS or when a trained spotter reports a tornado or funnel cloud.
The sirens will activate for thunderstorms when a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued by the NWS or a report from a trained spotter that includes: confirmed wind of 75 mph or greater; and whole trees downed by wind or significant structural damage from winds (typically indicates 75 mph winds or higher).
The FEMA building located on the Licking school campus is the public storm shelter. It will be opened during conditions that warrant warning sirens. Unless in a portable kennel, animals are not allowed in the public storm shelter, this includes service animals.

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