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Outdoor warning siren testing will take place on the second Saturday of each month at noon, weather permitting.
City Councilors approved the action during their Jan. 21, 2020 meeting, after hearing the need for a testing cycle from Emergency Management Director Mike Underwood.
“Mr. Underwood’s proposal standardizes the testing of our siren system,” said Mayor Sue Catron. “It is intended to reduce alarm for those who may not be aware of a planned test conducted on a random date. Hearing the sirens at noon on the second Saturday of each month should provide a level of assurance for Tahlequah residents. I am pleased the Council agreed with the proposal.”
The testing process may take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
“We will put people at each site to actually, physically, see the siren turn,” Underwood told councilors.
There are currently 10 outdoor warning sirens located in the Tahlequah city limits and two sirens near Cherokee Nation. Each siren’s coverage area is approximately one-half mile.
In preparation for winter, residents should take advantage of the City of Tahlequah’s CivicReady program, a mass notification system that allows the user to receive texts, emails and phone calls in the event important information is released from the city.
The service is free and provided to the public and operates as an opt-in only service to provide the public with emergency information as well as general information.
Residents can sign up for CivicReady by visiting the City’s website and clicking on Emergency Alerts or visit https://ok-tahlequah.regroup.com/signup.