The city of Waxahachie will be testing its outdoor warning system throughout the day on Friday, May 14.
"Please know that no severe weather is expected, and these are routine tests following an upgrade to our system," a spokesman said. "During this time, the sirens may sound multiple times. These tests normally occur the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., and typically last approximately 30 seconds."
MORE ABOUT THE CITY’S OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEM:
The city of Waxahachie’s outdoor warning system consists of 17 sirens placed strategically throughout the city. It is important to understand that the outdoor warning system is designed primarily to alert anyone who may be outdoors to safely and quickly seek interior shelter due to a potentially hazardous situation. The majority of citizens will not be able to hear the warning unless they are outdoors. However, citizens living near one of the siren sites may be able to hear the alert tone inside their residence.
The following are factors to consider as minimum activation guidelines for the city’s outdoor warning system:
• The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning or Severe Thunderstorm Warning with the phrase "Destructive winds in excess of 70 mph (or higher) are likely with this storm" for your immediate area.
• Winds in excess of 70mph as determined by NWS are determine or predicted to be in our area.
• Trained storm spotters have reported a tornado in our jurisdiction, or in a neighboring jurisdiction that has the potential to affect our community.
• Observed hail of 1.5” in diameter or greater. (The size of hail that warrants NWS activation may be adjusted at the discretion of local officials in the event of special situations such as large outdoor public gatherings where the potential for injury is increased.)
• Other emergency as directed by the community’s designated public safety officials.
The locations of the 17 sirens are as follows:
• FM 66 at Estes Electric
• Avenue C at Dunaway Street
• Spring Park
• Hunter Pass
• Lee Penn Park
• Marvin Elementary
• Chapman Park (Boy Scout Lodge)
• Finley Junior High
• Waxahachie Sports Complex
• SAGU at Highland Street
• Shackelford Elementary (Butcher Road)
• Rusty Lane at Amanda Lane (Johnston Boulevard)
• YMCA/Fire Station #3
• Saddlebrook Estates
• Settlers Glen
• Waxahachie High School
• Waxahachie Rodeo Grounds
If you have questions regarding the outdoor warning system, contact Emergency Management at 469-309-4474.