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March 30, 2018 8:18 AM

Tornado Siren Testing Today from 1pm to 2pm

There are ten outdoor warning sirens (tornado sirens) located throughout the city limits. All ten sirens are activated when dispatch transmits a specific tone to the radio receiver at each siren.

Because of the age of the current controllers, and parts and repairs no longer being available for a majority of the controllers, the Russell City Council voted to upgrade the outdoor warning siren controllers. The upgrades are part of the city’s on-going capital improvement plan. Installation of the controllers is being completed by the city electric department crews.

On Friday, March 30, 2018 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting, the first phase of testing of the new outdoor warning siren controllers will occur at five of the ten siren locations. The locations being tested are Courtside and Kansas, Witt Avenue between Main and Paul Street, 15th and Grant, Wichita Avenue and Front Street, and Memorial Park. The testing will involve remote activation of each individual warning siren separately, and the siren sounding for a cycle of approximately 90 seconds.

A second phase of testing, will be conducted during the normal noon test on April 2, 2018, and if necessary, at 1 p.m. on April 3, 2018, weather permitting.

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