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Siren Testing Done To Keep People Safe

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If you heard extra sirens today it wasn't because of actual severe weather. West Fargo was doing maintenance to keep the sirens updated, because they say it's important to be checking their systems constantly.

The sound is well recognized, the blaring sound that severe weather is happening in the area. But if you are in West Fargo checks are done every day at noon, a choice the city made, they say to keep up maintenance.

"If the siren were to stop working, be struck by lightning, or have some type of mechanical problem, it would be a month before we'd know we have a problem with that." says Assistant Chief Mike Reitan with the West Fargo Police Department.

West Fargo has nine sirens and will continue to add more as the city grows. Fargo already has 29 sirens around, and are adding two more this year.

"Well they're a mechanical device so they're going to give us problems as far as maintenance, but we call the contractor they're going to go down and take a look at it right away, so as soon as we find out that there's a siren that's not working we fix it." says Leon Schlafmann with the Fargo City Emergency Services.

The Red River Dispatch Center uses a system that triggers the sirens around the area to notify people of a warning.  

"if thee weather service would have a warning box over any one parts of those, we set all the sirens off." says director Byron Sieber.

During tests and severe weather officials say they aren't meant to be heard in your home, it's a warning for those who are outdoors.

After seeing the destruction the weather can do, a little time in your afternoon hearing the siren tests could be the warning you'll need during a storm to stay safe.

The sirens tested today all worked. Remember, those sirens are meant for people who are outdoors. If you are inside and want to be on top of the storm, just download our Valley News Live Weather App. It's free. You can watch the storm as it happens with up to the minute radar.

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