Wicomico Co. officials set to test warning/alert system

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - Officials say the Department of Emergency Services will test the warning/alert sirens system on Monday evening, in Wicomico County.

The Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services says the purpose of the citizen warning/alert siren system is to alert residents and visitors about pending hazards including weather-related danger such as a tornado warning, in Wicomico County. In the event of a pending hazard, officials say an alert tone, which is different from fire station alarms, will sound for two minutes straight. The sirens are apparently tested at 6:30 PM on the first Monday of every month for 10 seconds. According to DES, at the sound of the sirens, citizens should find shelter immediately and then tune into the local news media for additional information.

According to officials, Wicomico County's siren system consists of 13 sirens located at local fire departments, and two maintained by the Wicomico County Department of Emergency Service (DES) can be activated for specific affected areas in the county. Officials say citizens should not call 911 to determine the hazard causing the activation.

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