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Posted on: February 2, 2016

Weather sirens, Citizen's Alert System test postponed

The audible test of the severe weather warning, which was originally scheduled to be conducted by Hall County Central Communications/E9-1-1 at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3, has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather in the area.

Sound tests are not conducted if there is a severe weather watch or warning in effect for Hall County. The National Weather Service is currently forecasting thunderstorms in the area Wednesday morning.

The tornado sirens are tested using the wail alert tone once every three months. Other than these previously announced tests, all sirens should be considered to be an actual tornado warning.

Hall County's Warning System is tested silently every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The test coincides with Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs from Feb. 1- 5. The week is an ideal time for residents and their families to prepare for the possibility of a disaster.

"Severe weather can be extremely dangerous, but by taking small steps to prepare, you can ensure that you and your family stay safe in the wake of a disaster," said David Kimbrell, director of Hall County Emergency Management. "I encourage all Hall County residents to implement safety measures at home and at work so they will be ready when severe weather strikes.'

Hall County officials have also postponed their test of the emergency mass notification system Wednesday morning. The Hall County Citizen's Alert System notifies residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and in-process violent crimes within minutes. Messages can be sent to individuals using a variety of contact mechanisms - cell phone, landline, email, text messaging and more - ensuring that Hall County residents receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes. Citizens listed in the County's 9-1-1 database have been automatically subscribed to alerts by landline, though any individual may self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out. To sign up or learn more, log onto alerts.hallcounty.org.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the administrative offices of Hall County Central Communications/E9-1-1 at 770-531-6765.

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