North Dakota to hold statewide tornado drill April 29

InForum News Brief FSA

FARGO — As part of North Dakota Severe Weather Awareness Week, there will be a full-system test of the outdoor siren warning system at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, in Cass County.

Residents are also encouraged to conduct a tornado drill.

Cass County reminds citizens what to do when a siren is heard when a test is not scheduled:

  • Seek shelter indoors and turn on local media such as broadcast channels or radio; hearing a siren does not mean one should evacuate. Follow directions from local officials, including information provided by the National Weather Service.
  • Do not assume there is no emergency because skies are clear; there may be a non-weather related emergency.
  • Only call 911 in case of an actual emergency. Citizens are asked to not use 911 to ask questions about the siren system; all questions may be routed to the Office of Emergency Management at 701-476-4068.

The siren structure is an outdoor warning system; therefore, one may not be able to hear the sirens indoors or during an actual event due to high winds and weather conditions. Cass Fargo Emergency Management recommends signing up for CodeRED weather alerts and having a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio with specific area message encoding technology to provide dependable indoor warning information.

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