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Douglas County schedules tornado siren testing for 2021

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 16:30:53-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The Douglas County Emergency Management Agency announced on Wednesday that it will begin testing the tornado siren system for 2021 with a visual test of individual sirens on February 25 and 26.

Over those two days, the agency said the public may hear periodic soundings that don’t last long. Visual tests may be canceled or postponed due to bad weather, the agency added.

The first routine monthly test for the 2021 season will be at 11:00 a.m. on March 3. Routine monthly tests consist of a single sounding. Routine monthly testing will also be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1 and October 6.

The agency said routine monthly testing of sirens is on a weather-permitting basis and will not be performed if threatening weather exists.

There will also be a special test on March 24 at approximately 11 a.m. as part of the National Weather Service Severe Weather Awareness Week. This special test will consist of a single sounding.

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