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Tornado sirens to be tested Friday morning

On Friday morning, if there is no threat of bad weather, local residents should be prepared to hear the jarring sounds of the city’s two severe weather alert sirens.
Cairo Fire Chief Bill Schafer plans to test the recently installed system at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 30.
The new system was installed to help warn city residents in the event of an approaching tornado. Two sirens, one on top of City Hall and a second one located at the Cairo Fire Department, will be tested for a duration of two 30-second activations with a 30-second interval.
According to Chief Schafer, the sirens sound at 128 decibels, which is a sound level expected to reach approximately 1.5 miles in each direction from the center location of each siren.
If thunderstorms or serious weather conditions are in the forecast for next Friday, the test will be scrubbed, according to the fire chief.
In the event of an actual emergency, the sirens will be sounded for three minutes and activated at 30 minute intervals until Cairo is no longer in the path of a storm.
Chief Schafer said the city would have verification from the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, the Grady County Emergency Management Agency director, meteorologists, Decatur-Grady 911, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before sounding the alarms in the event of an actual emergency.

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