City of Licking tornado siren test

Clinton Schwarz
EMD, City of Licking

The City of Licking will be conducting a test of the tornado sirens at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14. If there are any actual severe weather threats on that day, the test will be postponed until the next quarter. As a reminder, the policy of the Licking Office of Emergency Management is to conduct a test on the second Tuesday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). Other than these tests, the sirens will only be sounded in the case of an actual emergency which includes:
1)  A tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service which lists Licking in the potential hazard area;
2) A tornado or funnel cloud observed by a trained spotter;
3) A severe thunderstorm warning issued by the National Weather Service with confirmed winds of 75 mph or greater which lists Licking in the potential hazard area (sirens will not be sounded for thunderstorms which do not meet the 75 mph confirmed winds or for lightning or hail); or
4) During other local life-threatening emergencies that pose a threat to those outdoors and require action to protect life, the outdoor warning sirens may be sounded by local officials based on discretion depending on the emergency.
The FEMA building located on the Licking school campus is the public storm shelter. It will be opened during conditions which warrant warning sirens.
Note: Animals are not allowed in the public storm shelter unless they are in a portable kennel; this includes service animals.
The FEMA shelter will be opened during the COVID-19 state of emergency. If the shelter must be opened during this state of emergency, all people seeking shelter will be asked to sign in and practice social distancing to the best of their ability inside the shelter. The City of Licking has made this decision after consulting with the County Health Department and the County Emergency Management Director.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email the city/county emergency management director at



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