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Sirens to signal return to normalcy

WASHINGTON -- A routine test will be anything but next week.
WASHINGTON -- A routine test will be anything but next week. As Ryan Piers reports for WCIA-3, the city is preparing for its first siren test since the November 17th tornado.

Washington is ready to take the next step in rebuilding hope.

"We just want to make sure that we get the word out that we will be sounding the alarms next Tuesday for the first time since November 17th."

It may seem small, but being able to hear the three-minute sirens is an important part of the recovery process.

"The last thing we want to do is make these individuals victims a second time, but at the same point, we need to get back to whatever is normal."

Which is why Washington schools will make it a point to inform their students about the test ahead of time.

"We will start talking to the kids about the sirens and what is going to take place this week. But, we will make an announcement that morning."

The sirens underwent silent tests the past three months. Testing is necessary because working sirens play a big role in preventing casualties during a disaster.

"I am a firm believer that the notifications from the smartphones, the TV notifications and the sirens all played a major impact in the fact that we had very few fatalities."

Resuming audible siren testing is important as March marks the beginning of the major storm season. Being able to conduct a sirens' test also means Washington is one step closer to normalcy.

"Bottom line is the sirens are there to protect and this is part of moving back to the normal routine."

All ten of the alarms in the Washington area will sound at 10 am, Tuesday.
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