March 4, 2023
Outdoor Warning Siren Testing
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Outdoor Warning Sirens Testing
Outdoor warning sirens are designed and intended to notify the public who are outside (of structures) that there is an emergency situation in their area. Outdoor warning sirens should never be used as a primary means to receive emergency notifications when inside structures. Everyone should have an “All-Hazards” weather radio in their home or business as their primary means of receiving emergency notifications especially for severe weather. Outdoor warning sirens can be used to notify the public who are outside (of structures) for just about any emergency; however, the sirens are most commonly used when a tornado warning has been issued for the area. When a siren sounds, you should seek additional information on the emergency via local media outlets and take immediate and appropriate protective measures for your safety.
In Wood County, outdoor warning sirens are owned and maintained by the local governmental entity in which they are located (i.e. city, village, township) and they are activated by the Wood County Sheriff’s Communications Center. The sirens are tested on a monthly basis on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. unless severe weather is forecasted for that time period. On occasion, the monthly test may have to be delayed to a later time (typically 12:00pm) or a different date. If this is necessary, every effort will be made to notify the public of the change through local media and social media.