Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - The City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio has completed an emergency outdoor warning system for the city. The project consists of seven (7) outdoor warning sirens on 50' poles. The system also includes an AM alert radio station that will broadcast the nature of the emergency and provide the public with a course of action.
Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don L. Robart stated, "We have worked very hard to find an outdoor warning system that will fit the needs of our growing community. The beauty of this system is that it not only alerts you to the problem but the AM radio station will provide you with the instructions and guidance needed to keep you safe."
This system is not limited to warning of weather emergencies, but includes hazardous material spills, terrorist events, Amber alerts, major rail incidents, transportation incidents or other emergencies. The residents can turn to the AM radio station for additional information as to what to do for the emergency, (i.e. Shelter-in-place, evacuate, routes of evacuation, etc.)
When the siren is activated, it will sound for three minutes. The public should turn on their radio to 1650 AM for additional information as to the nature of the warning. DO NOT call 911, as the operators need to keep the phone lines open for emergencies.
The purpose of this press release to inform the public that the siren system will be tested on Monday November 6, 2006. Again, do not call 911 at that time. During this testing phase of the program, the sirens will periodically sound as they are tested and go on line for the system. Testing will start in the mid-morning and be completed by the afternoon.
After this initial testing, the outdoor warning system will be TESTED the first Thursday of each month during tornado season (April, May, June and July) beginning Thursday, April 5, 2007. The siren will be sounded for thirty seconds beginning at 10:00 a.m. on those test days.
Our safety forces are ever mindful of keeping our citizens both informed and safe during an emergency that could affect our entire community. The purchase and installation of this outdoor warning system is an important part of everyone's safety and we are pleased to offer it as an additional way to communicate with you regarding any type of emergency that may arise. If you have any questions regarding this new system, please call Assistant Chief of Fire, Paul Moledor at 330 971-8400.