Warning sirens test is Thursday

December 5, 2018
Routine outdoor siren tests are conducted on the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

Routine outdoor siren tests are conducted on the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

A test of outdoor warning sirens in Lewis County will take place this Thursday, December 6, at 10:00 a.m.

The monthly test will also promote public awareness of four of the warning sirens located in Lewis County.

These sirens are located at Tollesboro, Vanceburg, Black Oak, and Firebrick. These areas are some of the heavier populated communities where more residents are able to hear the sirens, said Emergency Management Director George Sparks.

Each siren is capable of notifying the public in its area of a possible tornado or other imminent danger.

During the monthly test, the Alert Tone (siren) will sound for 30 seconds. In conjunction with the sirens, WKKS will be conducting a monthly Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. This will notify residents that the sirens and EAS are only tests. We will also continue to publish in The Herald and post the reminders through our social media outlets.

Judge Executive Todd Ruckel said the sirens at Black Oak and Firebrick were purchased and installed in the last couple of years through funding from Department of Homeland Security Grants.

The most recently installed siren, located at the Tollesboro Fire House, was also paid for through Homeland Security grant funding administered by Buffalo Trace ADD, Ruckel said.

The Tollesboro siren installation was completed recently.

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