Weather permitting, Houston County is expected to test its outdoor warning system today as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. The sirens will not be sounded if there’s any rain or bad weather in order to avoid a potential false alarm, officials said.
Other than for tests, the protocol for the countywide system requires that the sirens only be sounded when there’s imminent danger, said Danny Evans, public information officer for the Houston County Fire Department.
“Houston County is susceptible to nearly every type of natural disaster,” Houston County EMA Director and Fire Chief Jimmy Williams said in a news release. “Though severe weather comes in different forms, by being prepared for one, you are prepared for them all.”
Weather permitting, today’s expected activation of the sirens is expected to coincide with a statewide tornado drill, Evans said. The county’s sirens are expected to sound between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., he said.
Also, barring bad weather, the county’s Code Red telephone alert system is expected to send a message at 8:30 a.m. saying a test of the sirens, weather permitting, is expected sometime between 9-11 a.m., Evans said.
The Macon-Bibb County EMA will be running its test today at 11 a.m., a release stated. The test will be rescheduled for Friday if there is inclement weather