Meeker County Cancels Siren Tests During Extreme Weather Months

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Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze has determined the 1 p.m. monthly test of the Meeker County outdoor warning sirens will be canceled for all sirens in Meeker County on December 4, 2019, January 1, 2020, and February 5, 2020, to avoid unnecessary strain and damage to the Outdoor Warning System (OWS). Monthly siren tests will resume March 4, 2020.

Winter tends to bring extreme weather conditions including: extreme cold, freezing rain/drizzle, ice, and snow. Testing sirens during these weather conditions puts the Outdoor Warning System at risk for unnecessary strain and damage to siren equipment and internal operating systems.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office will continue to utilize the CodeRED system to notify the community of important safety alerts and time-sensitive messages, and will activate sirens as determined necessary in emergency weather events.

If you have not registered for CodeRED notifications, please visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.co.meeker.mn.us/217/Sheriff and click on the CodeRED logo to register for this free service. Please contact Stephanie Johnson, Meeker County Emergency Management, at 320-693-5420 if you have questions or if you need assistance with creating a CodeRED account.

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