County personnel to conduct tornado siren maintenance

Seneca County Emergency Management Agency will be conducting maintenance on outdoor warning sirens throughout the county during the next several weeks, according to a release from the EMA.

The testing may cause a siren to “burp.” The “burps” are normally brief and intermittent and do not last the entire 3 minutes like full siren activations, the release states.

EMA Director Dan Stahl said the maintenance is normal and it should not be a cause for alarm.

Regularly scheduled monthly tests of the sirens are scheduled to occur at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month in Seneca County and Fostoria. In Tiffin, the test is performed the first Friday of the month at 11 a.m.

Outdoor warning sirens are part of a county-wide community warning system. They were developed to keep the public informed of tornado warnings and could be utilized for other emergency situations.