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Repairs under way on 18 of Oklahoma City’s 182 outdoor warning sirens

Post Date:05/28/2019 5:59 PM

Repairs are under way on 18 of Oklahoma City’s 182 outdoor warning sirens. The 18 sirens under repair are not working properly and may not sound in an emergency until they’re fixed.

Remember: A siren should be only one of at least three ways to get information about the weather. Examples of the other two sources include an NOAA all-hazards weather radio, smartphone app, television news, AM-FM radio or an online news source. Use OKC’s Accessible Hazard Alert System to get alerts in American Sign Language and English voice and text.

Never rely only on sirens or any other single source of information as your only cue for deciding to take shelter. Even if you normally can hear a siren inside your home, you may not during a noisy thunderstorm.

Visit okc.gov/prepare for more information on how to prepare for severe weather.

Outdoor warning sirens are not intended to warn people inside a home or building. They’re primarily to alert people who are outdoors that a tornado threat is nearby.

In Oklahoma City, sirens sound when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning. 

About the siren repairs

Some of the 18 sirens under repair had the power knocked out by recent storms, and the others may also have been damaged in the storms. A silent test Tuesday revealed these 18 sirens may be malfunctioning:

These sirens may not sound at all, or sound improperly, or sound normally. People in the area who may be outdoors during a severe thunderstorm should be aware they might not hear a siren sound during a tornado warning.

There’s no timeline yet on when all 18 sirens might be repaired, but crews are working to repair them as quickly as possible.

Unless there’s a threat of severe weather, the sirens will be tested at noon Saturday as normal. Anyone who can usually hear a siren during a test, but doesn’t hear a siren during Saturday’s test, should call (405) 231-2121 to report it.

Sirens are tested audibly every Saturday, unless there’s a severe weather threat. They’re tested silently every weekday.

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Media Contact
Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831
kristy.yager@okc.gov

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