(CITY OF WACO RELEASE)
Waco, Texas (March 2, 2011) -- The City of Waco will test its emergency warning sirens at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011. In the event of cloudy weather, the test will still be conducted but only a "growl" test (not at full level). A test usually runs 1 1/2 minutes in length. In the case of a real emergency, the siren sounds for three minutes.
The City has installed 31 sirens that are strategically placed throughout the city. The system provides 100% coverage across the City.
The siren system is computerized and will allow the Emergency Management Division to localize individual sirens in the case of a hazardous waste spill as well as the historic use of the sirens for City-wide severe weather.
Typically if the sirens go off on a sunny day, everyone is encouraged to turn on their TVs or radios for more information. If the sirens are sounded during stormy weather, citizens are encouraged to seek shelter. For more information, call Frank Patterson at 750-5911.
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