Lexington’s network of outdoor emergency sirens will undergo annual maintenance and that means the sirens could sound chimes or siren tones throughout the week.
“The siren maintenance crew will be testing each of the 30 sirens in our outdoor warning siren network,” said Pat Dugger, Lexington Emergency Management Director. “As we move into the severe spring storm weather season, we want to make sure that all of the sirens are working properly.”
Testing will include the newest sirens at Hisle Park off Briar Hill Road and at the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. These warning sirens can sound chimes, a police siren-style wail or a steady siren sound, depending on the type of emergency. They can also provide voice announcements for some types of emergencies.
The testing will take place during daylight hours (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and will be postponed in case of any severe weather forecast. Locations of the 30 sirens is available at BeReadyLexington.com/sirens.
“The sirens are an important part of our community alert and warning system,” said Dugger. “It’s important for people to remember that the sirens are designed to alert people who are outdoors. They were never intended to alert persons inside a home, apartment building or business.”
- Lexington Emergency Management recommends that people have at least three ways to get updated severe weather and other emergency information in addition to the outdoor warning sirens.
- A NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio can be set so it only sounds for local severe weather watches, warnings and advisories. If the power goes out, most NOAA weather radios have battery power back-ups that can operate the radio for several hours.
- The BeReadyLexington smartphone app can be downloaded to any iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet. The app displays current watches, warnings and advisories for Fayette County. The app is available from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
- LEXALERTS is service for residents to register their mobile phone or other phone number for emergency alerts. Registration is available online through the BeReadyLexington.com website.
- DEAFLINK provides weather warning and alerts for the deaf and hard of hearing. Weather and emergency alerts are presented in American Sign Language videos which are also open captioned. Sign up for DEAFLINK on the BeReadyLexington website.
- Lexington Emergency Management also publishes emergency information on its website, BeReadyLexington.com and through its social media channels: Facebook-@LexingtonKYEM, Twitter and Instagram – @Lexkyem.
- Local radio and television stations will have regular weather forecasts and emergency news on their broadcasts, websites and apps. Know how to access them quickly in case of an emergency. If the power goes out in your home, your car radio or battery-operated radio may be a lifeline for information about an emergency or disaster.
A complete overview of current emergency warning systems available to Fayette County residents is available on the BeReadyLexington.com website. Information from the division is also available through the DEM Facebook page: LexingtonKYEM and the DEM Twitter account: @lexkyem.