UPDATE: Question About *Early Warning Sirens* In Your AreaSubmitted by Reconstituter001 on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 10:50
I live in Cobb County Georgia right outside Atlanta. Since I moved here in 1989, every Wednesday at noon our Tornado/Emergency Sirens would be tested for about a minute or two.
But since the start of this year the sirens have been tested on other days and at irregular times. One time it went off Thur.@noon, but today it went of at 9:38am. I haven't been able to find out any information of these changes.
*Without a set time to test the system each week people will just become accustom to the sirens going off and will soon ignore them.*
Do you have these sirens in your area and have they changed the testing times?
***Here is the response I got from the county***
Dear Mr. McCourt,
Cobb County continues to test our sirens the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon. However, this week, the State Severe Weather drill occurred around 9:30 a.m. This was advertised throughout Cobb County and the State of GA on TV, radio, by newspaper, and on our website. The time was not disclosed because that is part of the drill. The drill was also
conducted through the National Weather Service, so if you have a NOAA Weather Radio, you would have heard the test alert at the same time as well. Since I'm not sure about where you live, I can't answer where the other sirens might be coming from...Smyrna operates their own system as does Kennesaw College, and a few other counties and cities along our boundaries. Unless it is advertised, if the sirens sound anytime other than the first Wednesday of the month at noon, then you should consider the alert an actual emergency. Please remember that the sirens are an "outdoor weather warning system" to warn those who are outdoors to take cover. The NOAA Weather Radio which is used to warn those indoors will always" tell you specifically if it is a drill or an actual crisis". If you would like more information, please contact me at your convenience.
Lanita A. Lloyd
Deputy Director, Cobb Emergency Management Agency