With the first Friday of the month comes the monthly Outdoor Warning Siren system test for Albany County.

For the month of April, the first Friday falls on Good Friday, but that will not affect the testing time.

The Albany County Emergency Management Agency will be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015 for all Albany County Sirens. These are located in Laramie, Rock River, Centennial and Albany. The warning system will sound a steady signal for a period of one to three minutes.

During an actual emergency, when residents hear the sirens they should take cover immediately and tune into a local radio or television station to receive additional emergency information. Residents should not call 911 or local emergency officials for information as this ties up telephone lines needed for emergency operations.

The outdoor warning sirens are an all-hazards emergency warning system and are intended to warn residents of any life threatening situation in the area.

Aimee Binning, Albany County Emergency Management Coordinator, says the sirens are tested each month for a number of reasons.

“The reason that we do the siren testing every month is so, one: to make sure our equipment I being used properly, two: to make sure that the public is aware that that siren is for notifying them of a weather related event or a hazard, and so that they will seek further information,” says Binning.

For further information on siren locations along with frequently asked questions about the sirens, please contact the Albany County Emergency Manager’s office at ema@co.albany.wy.us.

Cancellation of the test may occur due to inclement weather.