Region 22 Emergency Management and Scotts Bluff County Consolidated Communications Center will test the outdoor warning sirens in Gering, Scottsbluff, Terrytown, McGrew, Henry and Harrisburg on Wednesday at 10:00 AM. This test will only last for approximately one minute and will include the Western Nebraska Regional Airport and Western Sugar.
This will be the last monthly test for 2019. In case of inclement weather on the morning of the test, the test will be cancelled.
The purpose of these tests are to insure the sirens and their communications link are in proper working order in case the time comes that they are needed for a real emergency, such as a tornado, damaging straight-line winds, or chemical spill.
The public is encouraged to have a weather alert radio for indoor alerting, or to download any of the alerting apps available to the public. This would include the Smart 911 App, which goes along with the local Panhandle Alert system. To sign up for Panhandle Alert, visit http://panhandlealert.org/ . To sign up for the app, search Smart 911 in the app store for Apple or Android.