The City of Muskogee will be conducting storm siren tests at noon Friday. The test will consist of two separate three-minute activations of the sirens.
The City of Muskogee has just recently upgraded the entire storm siren system. This upgrade included a new storm siren being placed near the QuikTrip on 32nd Street, bringing the total number of sirens to 20. The upgrade also included hardware and software upgrades to all 20 sirens and a new controller system at our Emergency Operations Center. This test will finalize the upgrade and ensure everything is working as it should while the technicians are on scene and able to service the system.
FEMA standards for siren testing is three minutes, and this standard is also recommended by the siren technicians.
The first test conducted is tested with the main power going to the siren. The second test is conducted by cutting the main power and using the back-up batteries in the siren. All the sirens contain back-up batteries in case the main power is lost during a storm or outage. The second test ensures that the batteries are operating correctly and also aids in the longevity of the battery system.
After Friday's test, the plan is to have an audible test of the entire system once a month. The new siren system performs silent self-tests on a daily and weekly basis. The audible test will most likely be conducted during the first week of the month on a work day and time to be later decided after consulting with local schools and other organizations on what day and time would work best for them.