City Of Tyler To Test Warning System Today

On Thursday at 11:00 a.m. the City of Tyler will activate the outdoor warning system and the Tyler Emergency Alert System.  The Outdoor Warning System will be activated starting with a test message.  That message will be followed with approximately a 30-second steady tone, followed by an approximate 30-second alternate steady tone, followed by an approximate 30-second pulsed steady tone, followed by Westminster Chimes.  The test will end with a test message.  The test message is "Attention: This is a test of the City of Tyler outdoor early warning system.  This is only a test.  If this were an actual emergency, you should tune to your local radio station, 600 on your AM dial.  This is only a test."  In the event the National Weather Service issues any type of watches or warnings for Smith County, the systems will not be tested.

In the event of a tornado warning being issued for Smith County a 3 minute steady tone will be sounded.  The tone will be followed with a message, "Warning!  The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Smith County.  Residents should immediately take cover.  This is a tornado warning."  Everyone should make themselves aware of the different tones and their significance.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting.