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Spartanburg County Warning Sirens

 

Traditionally, people have relied on outdoor warning sirens to alert them to an emergency in the area. While the sirens are still a valuable tool to alert people outdoors, other means need to be explored to reach the people who are inside a home or building.  NOAA Weather Alert Monitors are the best primary warning system available for your home. For this reason, the Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management Agency encourages every everyone to purchase weather radios or other alternatives to our siren notification service .

 


 

Condition Under Which Sirens are Activated

 

Tornado Warning

If a Tornado Warning is received from the National Weather Service, sirens in the area will sound as follows:  Warning Siren Sound

Type of activation: 3-minute continuous sounding siren.
Recommended action: Seek shelter immediately & implement tornado plan.

 

Potential or Actual Emergency

If the public must be notified of a public emergency other than a tornado emergency (i.e. hazardous material, fire, etc) sirens in the area will sound as follows: Wail Siren Sound

 

Type of activation: 3-minute fast high-low tone siren
Recommended action: Access other mediums regarding the specific threat; monitor local TV or radio stations for more information and guidance.

 


 

Warning Sire Testing

 

The Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management conducts monthly tests of County warning sirens. On the first Saturday of each month, the outdoor warning sirens are briefly activated at 1:00 pm. This program is designed to maintain a reliable warning system.  In the event of bad weather, the test may be cancelled to avoid confusion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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