June 26, 2022

Tornado Warning Systems to be Tested April 27th

The Tornado sirens in Hot Springs, Edgemont, Oelrichs and at Angostura Reservoir will be tested between 9:00 and 10:00 am MDT Wednesday, April 27th.  Because the exercise is used to ensure warning systems are functioning properly before storm season, people will hear the actual siren used for tornadoes.

The sirens may not be heard inside homes and office buildings, as they are intended to alert people who are outdoors away from radio or TV.

Local emergency response agencies may practice their response procedures and many schools will conduct safety drills for their students.

People do not need to take any action during the drill, but they are encouraged to make plans to protect themselves and their families before storms develop.  Don’t wait until the storm is headed toward you as there won’t be time.  Information about storm safety is available from county emergency management offices or visit the following web sites:

Rapid City National Weather Service: www.weather.gov/safety

American Red Cross: www.redcross.org

Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.ready.gov

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