The San Marcos Office of Emergency Management will test 14 outdoor emergency warning sirens at noon Saturday, Feb. 16. Tests will not take place if severe weather is threatening.
The sirens sound a tone similar to a fire truck wail and are designed to warn people who are outside that they should immediately seek shelter indoors. Residents are encouraged to buy a weather alert radio for indoor warning purposes. In a real emergency, residents should not call 911 unless they have a life-threatening situation.
During emergencies, resources with more information will include:
The $334,000 warning system was installed with the help of a federal hazard mitigation grant in 2012 to provide residents with early warning of dangerous weather or other emergencies. After the initial test, the sirens will be tested on a regular basis.