LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Spring is here and that means severe weather season is here as well. This week is Severe Weather Preparedness week and while Tippecanoe County tested its sirens on Wednesday, the sirens will go off again Saturday.
"We're going to be testing all the county's 72 warning sirens," said Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Director Smokey Anderson. "It's going to be a special test, we've never done it before, we want to test a new zoning program that has been entered."
Anderson says the county has been split into 11 sections, which means the sirens could be going off quite a few times.
"As soon as we set them off by zone by zone, within 20 to 30 seconds, we will issue a cancel them," Anderson said. "We just want everyone to know that there's nothing wrong and they should expect to hear those sirens. Some of them as much as seven or eight times."
Anderson says with the National Weather Service now alerting more specific areas in counties, they are now able to set off certain sirens.
"They're kind of changing their modes and going to their polygons where they'll mark an area that's going to be impacted," said Anderson. "If we can, we want to err on the side of safety, but if we can we want to just set those geographic areas off."
Anderson says they will be testing from 9 to noon, and needs everyone's help to make sure everybody knows about the tests.
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