Cadiz City Hall said that the 911 Emergency Dispatch is tasked with activating the siren in event of severe weather.
911 Administrator Kim Wiggins said that the three-minute long outdoor siren is activated with the announcement of any severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service for Trigg County.
She said, “The first thing you should do if you hear the siren is to take shelter indoors, turn on a radio and listen for further instructions.”
Wiggins said that the siren will be sounded for all weather warnings, and that the siren tone remains identical for all situations. “Whether it is a severe thunderstorm or a tornado, you should still take appropriate cover.”
The dispatch center receives warnings from the National Weather Service at about the same time as commercial radio and television stations. Wiggins added that Teletype warnings also come to the center via the National Crime Information Center.
Asked if she worried if residents would ignore the siren with no tornados in the area, Wiggins said, “The best thing people can do is to purchase a weather radio. It will always have further instructions and descriptions of the weather warning. Above all, residents should not call 911 for information. Listen to the radio or watch local TV. However you usually receive weather information is best.”
Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey could not be reached for comment on the siren before The Cadiz Record’s press deadline.