Enhancement Requires Outdoor Warning Sirens Testing | News
According to the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency
& Homeland Security (EMA/HS) Office, a major enhancement to the County's emergency
warning network is precipitating the need to conduct out-of-cycle testing of the
All-Hazards Outdoor Warning Sirens within the county.
Sirens are routinely functionally tested the first Wednesday
of the month, weather permitting, at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. in Millbrook). However, on
Thursday, July 11th, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., weather
permitting, 58 of Elmore County's 60 All-Hazards Sirens will undergo
functional testing based on the activation of a new Polygon Warning System.
The new Polygon Warning System allows for more area-specific
alerting of all those persons living in, working in, visiting, or merely
travelling through specifically impacted areas of Elmore County, during times
of TORNADO WARNINGS. In other words, instead of every siren in the county being
activated during a tornado warning, only sirens servicing the projected impacted area(s) (in the polygon), in the
direct and projected path of the storm, will be activated.
As always, sirens are activated once the National Weather
Service issues a tornado warning, allowing for as much advanced warning as
possible to alert people outdoors to get indoors to their safe place, out of
harm's way, as quickly as possible.
The Polygon Warning System is designed to increase the
effectiveness of the County's All-Hazards Outdoor Warning Siren capability.
Providing more area-specific, targeted warnings should help combat "complacency
toward taking action steps"—a normal but dangerous response anytime the public
perceives it is being "over-warned."
At the same time, the additional Polygon Warning System capability
may also help increase the probability of survivability and reduce some degree
of preventable property damage. By more narrowly focusing alerts on only those areas directly in the
projected path of the storm (in the polygon), people are more likely to take
the warnings serious and respond with those time-critical, life-saving,
property-preserving action steps. Again, instead of sirens sounding county-wide
with every tornado warning, now, only those sirens servicing the
specifically-warned area(s), those within the polygon, will be activated.
A final word about the All-Hazards Outdoor Warning
Sirens…they are but ONE capability in the alert and warning notifications
network, designed specifically to alert all those who can hear them to take two
Initial Action Steps:
If outdoors, move indoors to a sturdy, protective
shelter ASAP (As Soon As Possible), and
Seek the proper information to find out WHY the siren
is going off (Severe weather is obvious most of the time but, a hazardous
materials spill in not! Find out what's going on.)
For additional information please call the
Elmore County EMA/HS Office at 334-567-6451.
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