The audible test of Hall County's severe weather warning system will sound at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 12. This will only be a test. The sirens will sound for approximately three minutes.
The tornado sirens are tested using the wail alert tone once every three months. Other than these previously announced tests, all sirens should be considered to be an actual tornado warning.
As always, Hall County officials are urging citizens to sign up for the Hall County Citizen's Alert System. The Citizen's Alert System notifies residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and other important topics within minutes. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms - cell phone, landline, email, text messaging and more - ensuring that Hall County residents receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes. Any individual may self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out. To sign up or learn more, log onto alerts.hallcounty.org
"We hope this will serve as a reminder for all citizens to stay weather aware at all times," Director of Hall County Emergency Management Casey Ramsey said. "I encourage citizens to take precautions at their homes and business to keep themselves and their families safe if and when severe weather hits our area.”
He encourages residents to have at least two methods of notification active, whether that be a cell phone and landline signed up through the Citizen's Alert System or a NOAA weather radio.
“Citizens should remember that weather sirens are meant as an outdoor warning, so you should always have a backup warning system in the event you can’t hear the sirens inside your home with the ambient noise of a television, children playing or other household hustle and bustle,” said Ramsey. "For that reason, we encourage everyone to sign up for alerts at alerts.hallcounty.org, get a NOAA weather radio, or better yet - both."