Sirens are designed as an outdoor warning system. They alert people who are outside that an emergency has occurred or is imminent. The purpose is to move persons into a shelter, and have them tune to Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio stations for more information.WEKY 1340 AMWEKU 88.9 FMWCBR 1110 AMWLFX 106.7 FMWCYO 100.7 FMWIRV 1550 AMTime Warner Cable
Ninety (90) sirens are located throughout Madison County. The sirens are strategically placed in more heavily populated areas of the county, including Richmond, the Eastern Kentucky University campus, Berea, Fort Boonesborough, White Hall, Kingston, Union City, and Kirksville.
The siren system has three (3) different wails or tones. Different tones are used for different types of emergencies. Each tone lasts for forty-five (45) seconds, and is followed by a fifteen (15) second voice message.
The steady wail is the severe weather tone. It is a continuous forty-five (45) second screech that sounds like a conventional siren. A voice message will either state that the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning, instructing listeners to tune to local radio and television stations, or it will state the type of warning (thunderstorm or tornado) and instruct listeners to seek shelter immediately.
The alternate steady wail is the chemical incident tone. It is a series of two high-pitched beeping sounds. The beep last for forty-five (45) seconds, and are followed by a message that tells residents an incident has occurred, and to listen to local EAS radio stations.
Westminster Chimes is the testing wail. Tests are conducted on the first Saturday and the third Wednesday of every month at 12:20 in the afternoon.