First weather warning siren test of the season sounds Monday morning

EAU CLAIRE (WEAU) - The outdoor weather warning sirens were sounded in Eau Claire County at 11:02 a.m. Monday morning as part of the monthly testing of the countywide system.

The sirens will continue to go off on the first Monday of the month, from now through October. The county wants you to take this opportunity to formulate and practice your own severe weather safety plan.

Next week is the beginning of tornado and severe weather awareness week.

Official Press Release

On Monday April 4th at 11:02 a.m. Eau Claire County will resume sounding the outdoor weather warn sirens as part of the monthly testing of the countywide system. The sirens are sounded on the first Monday of the month, April through October, at 11:02 a.m. Please take advantage of this opportunity to formulate and practice your own severe weather safety plan. When the sirens sound:

- Turn to your radio, television or weather alert radio for more information.
- Determine the area affected and the time frame involved.
- Take shelter as appropriate. Know in advance where the "shelter" is located.

Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

The week of April 11 - 15, 2011 has been designated as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. Highlights of this week include:

-Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Thursday April 14. The "test" tornado watch will be issued at 1:15 and a "test" tornado warning will be issued at 1:45. The sirens will be activated, countywide, at 1:45 as a part of the drill.

The National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning for portions of Eau Claire County based on the path of the storm. This storm-based warning method allows the sirens to be sounded in a more community specific manner. Keep in mind, while a severe thunderstorm is fairly predictable a tornado can occur without any type of warning.


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  • by Ryan Location: EC on Apr 7, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    I really think the Sirens should be tested year-round. About years ago the county had to fix one or two of the sirens, because they did not go off on the day of testing. We dont want to end up like the town of Siren, when their siren was not working during the tornado warning when tornado hit town. Siren fan here.
  • by Justin A. Olson Location: FDL on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    That is a Federal Signal 2001 siren in the photo. Over here, the sirens are tested year round, too. Not as many failures during Storm Season.
  • by Anon Location: Altoona on Apr 4, 2011 at 09:18 PM
    There just getting ready for the floods cause were slowly gettin wiped off the face of the earth.
  • by Anonymous Location: St. Croix County on Apr 4, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    Our sirens are tested 12 months out of the year since they are used year round for more than weather alerting. It's really cut down on the siren failure surprises in the spring.
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