On October 4, 2023, two alerting systems will be tested in Fayette County. Today, at 10:00 a.m., Lexington Emergency Management will test the network of outdoor warning sirens. At 2:20 p.m., the National IPAWS test will take place.
Lexington’s Outdoor Siren Testing
Lexington Emergency Management’s outdoor siren testing will follow the monthly routine, beginning at 10:00 a.m. If you live near a park or golf course, expect to hear the outdoor siren sound, a series of chimes followed by a voice announcement, “This is a test.”
This is a regularly scheduled test – THERE IS NO EMERGENCY – THIS IS FOR TESTING PURPOSES ONLY. Please do not call 9-1-1 about the siren test. Remember: Lexington’s outdoor siren system is designed to alert people outdoors. The siren system is not intended to alert persons inside homes, apartments, or office buildings.
At approximately 2:20 p.m., the National IPAWS test will occur. This will check the capabilities of two national systems, WEA and EAS. The purpose of the October 4 test is to ensure the national alerting systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will be sent to mobile phones for 30 minutes, but mobile phones should only receive the alert once. Depending on the user’s language settings, the message will be displayed in English or Spanish. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be sent to radios and televisions. Once the alert is received, no further action is required.
More information about the Lexington Warning Siren System is available at https://bereadylexington.com/siren-faq
More information about the National IPAWS Test is available at https://www.bereadylexington.com/ipaws-national-test-on-october-4-2023/