Beginning Wednesday September 5, between 11 and 11:30 a.m., the City of LaFayette will be conducting tests on the outdoor warning siren. The purpose is to perform a short audible test (lasting approximately 1 minute) to ensure that the siren is operating properly.
Regular tests are scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month between 11 and 11:30 a.m. The test will only be conducted under clear sky conditions (a sky that is clear to mostly clear with few visible clouds).
Testing will be rescheduled for the following Wednesday if weather conditions prevent testing on the first Wednesday.
Generally, early warning sirens are intended to alert citizens and visitors of impending severe weather. The early warning sirens will be activated when one or more of the following events occur:
*When a Tornado Warning for the LaFayette area has been announced by the National Weather Service
* When a funnel cloud or tornado is reported by a credible source within the City of LaFayette
*When National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicates tornado activity within the City of LaFayette
*When credible reports from neighboring communities indicating a funnel cloud or tornado tracking toward the City of LaFayette
When the sirens are activated, citizens should immediately take shelter. Taking shelter in a designated safe room within a home, school or business should be preplanned and practiced so that everyone present can get to the shelter as quickly as possible after receiving a warning. Citizens should then listen to your local radio or television station for the status of the weather event.
If you have any questions, please contact LaFayette Fire Department Fire Chief Robert Busby at 706/ 639-1555.