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City Siren Testing Wed, Mar 23, at 9:50 a.m. Part of Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 22, 2011

The City of Oberlin Fire Department will be conducting our city siren test on Wednesday, March 23 at 9:50 AM in conjunction with Ohio Statewide Testing during Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 20 to 26).

The fire department uses weather warning sirens in the community to warn residents when a tornado warning is issued or a tornado is sighted near the Oberlin area. The siren nearest to campus is located on South Main Street. The standard siren signal consists of an alternating siren (10 seconds on, then 10 seconds off) for a four-minute period. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is then activated on Oberlin Cable Co-Op TV stations.

The emergency siren system is only used for alerting the public to impending danger associated with severe storms and tornado warnings. When you hear the siren, seek shelter immediately at the lowest level of your building, away from windows.

Since the National Weather Service issues all warnings, the fire department does not issue an all-clear signal; rather, residents are encouraged to monitor advent and expiration of weather advisories by standard broadcast means.

Additional tests occur at 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, from April through August. Siren tests are not conducted during inclement weather to avoid confusion. Listen for the test so you understand what you may hear during an actual alert.

Become aware of Oberlin College recommendations for safety during severe weather alerts by linking to the Office of Safety and Security's severe weather webpage. Severe weather awareness and response procedures, tornado facts, and information about local community systems is explained at this site.

Oberlin Fire Department also shares information on Tornado Safety Awareness on its severe weather webpage