Severe weather could put weekly siren tests on hold

Severe weather could put weekly siren tests on hold
Posted at 7:06 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 20:06:27-04

Wednesday’s severe storm threat could put weekly siren tests on hold.

Every Wednesday around noon you usually hear the outdoor storm sirens get tested.

For Tulsa county emergency management, they won’t sound the sirens if storms or clouds are in the area.

If it’s not clear outside, emergency management might conduct a silent test on its 98 sirens. 

Regardless if you hear them tested or not, they’re only for people who are stuck outside when a tornado warning is issued.

"The sirens are not designed to be heard within doors; they're an outdoor warning system only," TAEMA Director Joseph Kralicek, said. "If you can hear them within your house that’s wonderful, but that not what they’re designed for. They’re not designed to wake you up. They’re not designed to be heard within your house. They’re designed to let people know who are outside now is the time to get inside and seek shelter.”

2 Works For You spoke with emergency managers in Muskogee and Okmulgee Counties and they said they are not testing their sirens on Wednesday due to the threat. 

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