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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.
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The Early Warning Sirens will be activated when the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a warning for an area that includes any part of the city limits of Marshall. Sirens are usually only activated for tornado warnings. For clarification, listed below are the NWS definition of warnings, watches, and advisories.
The following are the National Weather Service definitions for watch, warning, and advisory.
More information can be found on Weather.Gov.
Monitor local TV, radio, weather radio, or the internet to obtain accurate weather information in order to make an informed safety decision.
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. The Emergency Management Coordinator also has the ability to activate the sirens remotely.
There are seven sirens at the following locations:
No. Because the sirens make only one sound, you will not hear an all-clear tone or sound. It is strongly recommended that you continue to monitor local radio, television, weather radio, or the internet until you have determined weather conditions to be safe.