NEWARK – Licking County EMA Director Sean Grady has announced some changes in tornade sirens.
Effective March 1st, tornado siren activation will be tied to the National Weather Service (NWS) “warning box”. This means that the sirens will no longer go off county wide and will only be active if a siren falls within a warning area issued by NWS. This also means that as the warning area travels across the county, some sirens will turn off and other will turn on, again as they are tied to the “warning box”.
The change was made so county residents will get a more realistic warning and should be aware that if they hear the sirens then they are in a warning area.
The other change is that the sirens will no longer be tested weekly and will now be tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:17 p.m.
The next full audible test of the sirens will be at 12:17 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.