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Outdoor warning sirens to be tested starting April 1


Eau Claire County (Press Release) - On Monday, April 1 at 11 a.m., the Eau Claire City/County Communications Center will begin the monthly test of the outdoor weather warning system serving the Eau Claire Community. 

Citizens will hear a three minute test of outdoor warning sirens at 11:00 a.m. on the first Monday of the month from April to October. 

Citizens are reminded that this is only a test of the outdoor warning system; in the event severe weather is in our area the test will be canceled and not rescheduled until the following month.  Should any citizen notice a siren fails to activate or does not deactivate after three minutes, please notify the Communications Center at (715) 839-4972.  Additionally, citizens are reminded NOT to call 9-1-1 for information regarding this normally scheduled test.

Community members are encouraged to revisit their emergency plan in the event of severe weather, and should do so for both their home and at their places of business.  In addition to revisiting their plan, community members are also reminded these sirens are intended and designed only to give warning to those outdoors, they are not designed nor intended to provide warning for those inside a structure.  Citizens are encouraged to have a NOAA weather radio in their home or business to receive warnings indoors.

We thank you in advance for your understanding as we work to make our community safer and more prepared for severe weather.  Additionally, we would like to thank the members of ARES/RACES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) for their continued support in ensuring our outdoor warning system is operable.  

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