Gettysburg, SD

Tornado siren to blow Wednesday, April 23

Don’t panic when you hear the emergency siren blow next Wednesday morning. It’s only a drill.
According to Potter County Emergency Manager, next week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in South Dakota. On Wednesday, April 23, a statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service at 10:15 a.m. At that time the storm siren will send out a steady, three-minute long blast which would normally warn of an approaching tornado.
The tornado siren is different from the fire siren. A fire is announced by an up and down waver in the siren. A tornado warning is a steady blast.
Sautner said the tornado drill is an annual event. As part of the test a “tornado watch” will be issued at 10 a.m., followed by the siren “tornado warning” at 10:15 a.m.
Sautner said the presentation is designed to encourage citizens to prepare for natural disasters. It’s important to have a plan in place before an emergency occurs. “Make a plan with your family in advance about how to contact each other and where to meet,” she said, adding that an emergency supply kit should also ready during severe weather season.

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