NEWARK – The Licking County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will perform their annual tornado siren drill on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7 throughout Licking County. The intent of the drill is to verify that all tornado sirens in Licking County are operational and that they are properly oriented.
Testing is scheduled to begin at 9 am and may continue at various locations throughout Licking County until 4 pm. In the event of inclement weather on March 6 and/or March 7, the tornado siren drills will be rescheduled.
In addition to audible tornado siren drills, EMA will be sending alerts to Licking County residents via their RAVE messaging system and through social media. All messages will state that the tornado sirens and messaging are a drill.
The tornado siren testing will be monitored and recorded by ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and EMA team members – most operating in the field and some team members running operations from Licking County Regional Communications Center (LCRCC). Information obtained during the siren testing will be reported to the Licking County Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and LCRCC for mapping updates, as well the Licking County EMA. A final report will be developed based on the drill results and will be provided to each jurisdiction.
Licking County residents can expect to hear tornado sirens sporadically sounding off on March 6 and March 7 from at least 57 tornado siren locations in Licking County. Please remember, it is only a drill.