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Posted on: February 14, 2018

[ARCHIVED] City of West Fargo to discontinue weekday noon warning siren testing

Resident Alert

Beginning Monday, Feb. 19, the City of West Fargo will no longer sound the warning siren at noon each weekday. This change is consistent with emergency management best practices, which call for periodic audible testing instead of daily audible tests. Daily soundings have been found to dilute the effectiveness of the warning system. The last day of the daily noon whistle will be Friday, Feb. 16.

The City of West Fargo will continue to have the monthly audible test at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, which allows the Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC) to exercise the sirens metrowide. The siren system is also silently tested daily at 9 a.m. to check rotation, radio communication, batteries, amplifiers and other system features. Additional testing includes full diagnostic system tests before active summer weather in the spring, an audible test of the system in June and preventative maintenance in the fall that can include silent and/or audible testing. Before all audible testing the City of West Fargo will notify residents with a press release and announcement on social media and website. 

“Although we have all become accustomed to the daily noon whistle, we need to make sure our emergency response tools make the most impact when needed,” said Mayor Rich Mattern. “By using the RRRDC’s protocol for audible testing, we are also maintaining a consistent approach that will be less confusing for visitors and new residents.”

The RRRDC is responsible for setting off all warning siren systems in the metro area for severe summer weather. It also has the capability of using the warning sirens in emergencies that require residents to shelter in place, such as chemical spills.

When warning sirens are sounded, it is to signal residents to go indoors immediately – no matter the weather conditions – and check a local resource for announcements. Recommended resources include CodeRED; @CityofWestFargo on FacebookTwitter and Nextdoor; @WestFargoPolice on FacebookTwitter and Nextdoor; email or text message alerts from the City of West Fargo’s website; or news media websites and apps.

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