PRESS RELEASE - New Early Warning Sirens

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I would like to proudly announce that the City of Marshall has completed construction and testing of its three new Early Warning Weather Sirens. The new sirens added to our existing sirens will give a total of seven Early Warning Weather Sirens.  These sirens help fill in the areas of the city that were not adequately  covered by the original sirens. 


As always, we will be testing our sirens on the first Saturday of the month, June 6th.  If you live in one of the areas where a new siren is located this might be a new experience for you.  We try to do all of the siren testing between 10:00 am and Noon. 


The new siren locations are as follows:

1.       I-20 Behind I-Hop

2.       Carters Ferry near MLK

3.       59 North at Marshall Police Department


I have attached some FAQ about our sirens 

If the Sirens are activated, is there definitely a tornado?

No.  The sirens are Early Warning Sirens.  Their purpose is to inform the public as early as possible about potentially dangerous weather conditions in our area.


When are the Early Warning Sirens activated?

The current policy of the City is that when the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a WARNING for an area that includes any part of the city limits of Marshall, the Early Warning Sirens will be activated.  Sirens are generally activated for Tornado Warnings. For clarification, listed below is the NWS definition of Warnings, Watches and Advisories:

Watch vs. Warning vs. Advisory

Following are the National Weather Service definitions for watch, warning, and advisory. These terms form the basis for each product issued to the public.

Watch                     A watch is issued when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. Watches evolve into warnings, advisories, or they are canceled.

Warning                 These products are issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. The NWS is the single "official" voice when issuing warnings for life-threatening situations.


Advisory                An advisory is issued for less serious conditions that cause significant inconvenience and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.


What should you do when the Early Warning Sirens are activated?

You should monitor local TV, Radio, Weather Radio, or the Internet in order to obtain accurate weather information so you will be able to make an informed safety decision.


Who activates the Sirens?

The Early Warning Sirens are activated from the Police/Fire/911 Dispatch Center.  The dispatchers are instructed when to activate the sirens by the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Marshall.  They may also be activated remotely by the Emergency Management Coordinator via computer or cell phone.


How Many Early Warning Sirens are there in the city of Marshall?

There are seven sirens at the following locations:


1.       Washington Early Childhood, Evans Street

2.       William B. Travis Elementary School, Carolanne Street

3.       Oak Lawn Golf Course, Victory Drive

4.       Key Street

5.       I-20 behind I-Hop Resturant

6.       59 North at Marshall Police Department

7.       Carters Ferry near MLK


Is there an “All-Clear” tone or sound?

No.  Because our sirens make only one sound, you will not hear an all-clear tone or sound.  It is strongly recommend that you continue to monitor local radio, television, weather radio, or internet until you have determined weather conditions to be safe.


If you have any questions you may contact me by phone or email.


Randy Pritchard

Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

City of Marshall, Texas




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