Emporia siren test coincides with Severe Weather Awareness Week

Perhaps the featured activity for Severe Weather Awareness Week took place Tuesday afternoon.

Emporia Police tested the city's tornado sirens at 1:30 pm.

Severe weather season typically leads to a lot of questions about Emporia's siren policy -- namely, when the sirens are sounded and when they aren't. Dispatch supervisor Ashley Welsh says a tornado warning for central Lyon County is just the first step.

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Welsh says a lot of people will call dispatch when the sirens sound during severe weather, and occasionally people call during or shortly after the city's monthly test. They shouldn't.

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City and Lyon County officials also remind people the sirens are meant for warning people outdoors, not indoors.

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