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SirenFairfield County Emergency Warning Siren Policy

Emergency Warning sirens have been installed to alert the citizens of Fairfield County who may be outdoors during the time a Tornado Warning is issued by the National Weather Service for Fairfield County or any other emergency deemed necessary.  The sirens are not intended to alert people indoors during a warning.  It is highly recommended that each residence, business, school and church purchase weather alert radios that are automatically activated during severe weather occurrences.

ACTIVATION
If the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for Fairfield County, the sirens will sound continuously for 3 minutes.  The sirens will then silence for 7 minutes and again sound for 3 minutes.  This cycle will continue throughout the warning time period.

When the warning has expired or has been canceled, the sirens will silence.

No technology is in place to alert certain parts of Fairfield County for a Tornado Warning. If a Tornado Warning has been issued for Fairfield County, ALL sirens will be activated.

THERE IS NO ALL CLEAR SIGNAL OR SOUND, WHEN THE WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELED OR THE WARNING TIME HAS EXPIRED.

TESTING
Each Wednesday of every week the sirens will automatically be activated for a duration of 30 seconds.  If severe weather is forecast, or is observed in the area, the weekly test will be postponed until the next weekly noon test to avoid confusion.

The weekly tests are conducted to test the operation of the sirens and to familiarize the citizens with the sound of the siren, should a Tornado ever strike.

MAINTENANCE
The Emergency Warning Sirens in Fairfield County are property of the jurisdiction in which they are located. Maintenance for the sirens is a responsibility of that jurisdiction. The Fairfield County EMA will coordinate any maintenance at the jurisdiction's request.