On March 3, the outdoor warning sirens in Sarpy County will sound twice as part of a test to ensure all sirens are operational prior to the upcoming severe weather season.
The Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency will coordinate the two tests with Sarpy County Emergency Communications, with sirens sounding at 10 and 10:30 a.m. During each test, the sirens will sound for three minutes, which is the same criteria for warnings for tornados and high wind events.
Public Safety agencies including Sarpy County Emergency Management, area fire departments and law enforcement, as well as volunteers from CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Sarpy County SKYWARN, will document the operational status of each siren.
Beginning in April, siren tests are scheduled for 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month through October. During the monthly tests, if a resident lives near a siren and does not hear it, they should contact the Sarpy County Emergency Management office at 402-593-5785.
As the siren tests resume for the year, it is a great opportunity for families and businesses to review their severe weather emergency plans. Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 26-30, is a good time to practice these plans.
If there are any questions, please contact Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency Director Lynn Marshall at 402-593-5785.