Kewaunee County has suspended monthly tests of the sirens owned by the city of Algoma and the villages of Casco and Luxemburg.
According from the notice from the county’s Emergency Management Department, snow and ice impair normal siren operations, which causes increased maintenance cost. As a result the department will not run the monthly tests, usually done on the first Wednesday, from December until March.
The department does plan to perform daily polls with the sirens t identify any communication issues. These individual sirens are owned by each jurisdiction, and the city and villages are responsible for maintenance and repairs to these sirens.
Kewaunee County has been authorized to use the sirens for emergencies and other lawful purposes.
The department used the routine notice to remind residents that the outdoor warning sirens are for outdoor warning use only and are not intended to be heard inside homes or businesses. To be warned indoors, Kewaunee County Emergency Management recommends each residence have a NOAA weather radio to receive alerts when severe weather is approaching.
Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Rave, the mass emergency notification system at www.kewauneeco.org/emergencymanagement, click on the “Stay Informed” icon, and register their residential and cellphone numbers. Persons who work in Kewaunee County can also register for emergency notifications for their place of employment by registering their cellphone.
For more information on the outdoor warning sirens, NOAA weather radios, or Rave contact Kewaunee County Emergency Management office at 920-845-9700.