Testing of sirens

By Shari Harris

Statewide, municipalities are scheduled to test their emergency sirens on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. There are three sirens in Licking and the alarm should be heard throughout the city limits. Tests are conducted quarterly to ensure the sirens are working correctly. City police and Clint Schwarz, the emergency management director for the City of Licking and Texas County, will be listening to make sure they are functioning. If you don’t hear your city’s sirens, contact Emergency Management Director Clint Schwarz at emd@texascountymissouri.gov or your city officials. In case of a forecast of bad weather for the test day, it will be cancelled until the next quarter.
In a true emergency, either the EMD or an on-duty police officer contacts the 9-1-1 dispatcher, who then activates the sirens. The primary reason in this area for the alarms to sound is when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning. The sirens would also be activated for any other condition when people need to shelter in place or seek shelter. An example might be a situation where a traffic accident results in a hazardous chemical spill. The sirens do not sound for thunderstorms or flash flood events. If the Licking sirens are sounding, the storm shelter at the FEMA gym will be open. It is located between Maple and College streets on the north side of the elementary school. To prevent damage to the building, any pets or service animals that may accompany you to the shelter need to be kept in a kennel.
Become involved in your community’s safety. Mark your calendars for Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. and if you are within range of a siren and don’t hear one, share that information so we can all be a little safer.



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