With the severe weather season quickly approaching, the City of Pittsburg will start monthly audio testing of its storm warning system to ensure the sirens are operational. The storm sirens will be tested the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 pm during the severe weather season of March through October.
The testing dates for 2018 are:
• March 7, 2018
• April 4, 2018
• May 9, 2018
• June 6, 2018
• July 11, 2018 (first Wednesday is a holiday)
• August 1, 2018
• September 5, 2018
• October 3, 2018
Tests are cancelled whenever there is severe weather (or potential severe weather) occurring in the local area to avoid confusion between a test and a real event.
During the test, the sirens will be sounded twice, once should be a continuous tone for storm warnings and the second should be an on/off tone for Civil Emergency.
The City will have spotters at each of the 13 siren locations, but encourages citizens of the community to contact the City if a siren is not functioning properly.
This audio testing is in addition to the silent weekly testing performed by the City throughout the year to ensure the proper functioning of the siren system. In the event of a real warning, citizens should immediately seek shelter.
Any questions about the storm warning system or severe weather warning may be directed to the Pittsburg Public Utilities Department at (620) 240-5126 or the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 231-1700.