(Burlington, Ky.) - A new policy for emergency sirens in northern Kentucky will only have residents hearing them during a test or the most serious situations.
Emergency Management departments in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties have recently agreed to the uniform policy for outdoor warning sirens.
Effective immediately the Outdoor Warning Sirens in Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties will be only be activated for severe weather when a Tornado Warning has issued by the National Weather Service or a funnel cloud or tornado has been sighted by a local public safety official.
When a Tornado Warning is issued the outdoor warning sirens will sound for five minutes.
Emergency officials in each county will still have the discretion to fire the sirens for other emergencies such as enemy attacks or hazardous material incidents.
Sirens will still be heard during tests, which occur on the first Wednesday of each month at noon. The tests are not conducted when there is the possibility of severe weather on that day.
The Emergency Management officials stress that the outdoor sirens are only intended to be heard for people outdoors. They advise each home and business should be equipped with a NOAA Weather Radio.
Boone County Emergency Mangement - http://www.boonecountyky.org/em/