Siren tests resume in Algoma, Casco, Luxemburg; county recommends weather radios, Rave Alert
KEWAUNEE COUNTY – Outdoor warning sirens in the City of Algoma and villages of Casco and Luxemburg will resume being tested in March along with the other warning sirens throughout the county when the monthly siren tests are held, Kewaunee County Emergency Management announced in a press release this week.
The siren tests are held on the first Wednesday of the month at approximately 11:45 a.m. During December, January and February, the sirens in Algoma, Casco and Luxemburg are not part of the monthly tests because snow and ice impairs normal siren operations, which can cause increased maintenance costs. These sirens are owned by their respective jurisdictions.
Kewaunee County Emergency Management also reminded residents that the sirens are for outdoor warnings only and not intended to be heard inside homes or businesses.
To be warned indoors about severe weather, the department recommends each residence have a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio, which will alert listeners when severe weather is approaching, from storms to floods and high winds. NOAA weather radios can be purchased and programmed at the Emergency Management office in Kewaunee.
The department also recommended that residents who want emergency alerts sign up for Rave Alert, a high-speed telephone emergency notification service that gives county officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notifications and information messages to targeted areas or the entire county.
Rave Alert messages can be sent to landlines, cell phones or email. Messages sent from Kewaunee County have included burn bans, persons of interest, “Stay in Place,” tornado warnings, freezing water pipes, running water, and law enforcement notices that involved public safety and missing persons, along with other types of emergency notifications.
To register for Rave Alert, visit the county website, www.kewauneeco.org, and click on the “Stay Informed” icon.
For more information on the sirens, NOAA radios, or Rave Alert, call Kewaunee County Emergency Management at 920-845-9700.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Siren tests resume in Algoma, Casco, Luxemburg; county recommends weather radios, Rave Alert