Douglas County announces tornado siren test schedule

(Douglas County, NE) -- Douglas County has announced the schedule for the testing of their tornado sirens.

The Douglas County Emergency Management Agency will begin testing the Outdoor Warning Siren System for 2021 with a Visual Test of individual sirens on February 25th and 26th. Over those two days the public may hear periodic soundings of short duration. It should be noted that, if needed, the visual test may be cancelled or postponed due to inclement weather.

The first Routine Monthly Test for the 2021 season will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 3. Routine monthly tests consist of a single sounding at 11:00 AM on the first Wednesday of the month. Tests will be conducted on April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1 and October 6.

Routine monthly testing of sirens is on a weather-permitting basis and will not be performed if threatening weather exists. There will also be a Special Test on March 24, 2021 at approximately 11:00 AM as part of the National Weather Service Severe Weather Awareness Week.

This special test will consist of a single sounding. The actual time of the sounding will be formally announced by the National Weather Service.

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