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Biloxi to start siren testing in July

The city of Biloxi wants everyone to recognize the sound of its emergency siren warning system. That's why monthly, city-wide testing will start July 5, and continue every month. (Photo source: WLOX) The city of Biloxi wants everyone to recognize the sound of its emergency siren warning system. That's why monthly, city-wide testing will start July 5, and continue every month. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Would you know what to do if you heard an emergency siren? 

The city of Biloxi wants everyone to get used to the emergency tones before an actual emergency. That's why monthly, city-wide testing will start July 5, and continue on the first Wednesday of every month. At noon, ten sirens across the city will trigger and sound off for one minute. In the event of a real emergency, the sirens will last for three minutes. 

Testing the system isn't new. The city normally runs what they call a "silent test" of the operating system. Several city officials, including Fire Chief Joe Boney, recently talked about the testing in the City Desk Podcast. And there were plenty of jokes about how effective a "silent test" of a warning siren can actually be. 

While no one wants to worry the public needlessly or become annoying, Chief Boney said he believes silent testing just isn't enough. He wants the public to become acclimated to the sound of the sirens, and the different alert tones. It was also noted that Keesler Air Force Base does similar testing on base every week.

The siren alert system was installed in 2011 and is almost completely electronic with a battery backup system. 

The ten siren towers are located at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue; at fire stations on Howard Avenue, Elder Street, Pass Road, Veterans Avenue, West Oaklawn Road, Woolmarket Road, at the city’s two fire stations on Popp’s Ferry Road; and at a Coast Electric substation on Old Highway 67.

You can hear a 25-second sample of the tornado alert tone here: https://biloxi.ms.us/pdf/TornadoWarningAlertTone.mp3

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