Putnam to Test Disaster Siren Warning System

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- People who live and work in Putnam County will hear a loud alert tone Wednesday afternoon, but it's nothing to worry about.

Putnam County plans to test its new Disaster Siren Warning System (DSWS) at noon. During the test, five sirens in the county will be activated. The test will also include one loud alert tone coupled with voice messages.

"We want the entire community to be aware of the test," said Frank Chapman, Director of Emergency Management. "It is important that people in the communities become familiar with the tone . We are doing all we can to ensure that local residents are informed about the time and date when this fairly loud test will occur."

The system will only be used during life-threatening emergencies, including natural disasters or chemical leaks, according to a news release. The alert is designed to let people know in the area to immediately seek shelter indoors.

During an emergency, the alert tone will go off and be followed with a voice message regarding the nature of the incident.

Again, Wednesday's event is only a test. The test will begin at noon.

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