Emergency siren testing Mon, Tue

April 6, 2013 • Local News

The City of Roswell doesn’t want to alarm the public Monday and Tuesday, but a series of emergency services siren tests will take place several times throughout the two days as the city makes repairs.

“We really wanted to make sure (the system) works all together and the only [auth] way to test that is to test them all,” said Karen Sanders, Roswell’s Emergency Manager.

A technician from Albuquerque will arrive sometime Monday. Shortly after his arrival, the testing will begin, Sanders said.

Only two sites will need repair — one near the Elks pool on East Poe Street and one by Briar Ridge — but because the system is interlinked, all sirens will be set off throughout the day.

The city has 12 sirens, most of them are no newer than 10 years old. Two new sirens were installed last year.

“There is no way to single out a specific siren,” Sanders said. “We ask dispatch to set them all off at once.”

In an emergency, the city uses the sirens to alert the public of an impending threat.

“We just wanted to give everybody a head’s up,” Sanders said.

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