Remember, Will County Residents, This is Only a Test

January 02, 2011

Chicago-area residents are used to hearing warning alarms being tested at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

The first test of the new year might sound a little different to Will County residents, however.

The Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has announced that the test scheduled for Tuesday, January 4, will be at least three minutes long instead of the usual one.

picture of an outside warning sirenDuring the extended test, Exelon Nuclear will be conducting sound tests throughout the county.

If there was an actual emergency, an outside warning alarm would sound for three to five minutes.

Those sirens are designed to warn residents to go inside their homes and tune their radios or televisions to a local Emergency Alert System (EAS) station to find out what’s going on.

If you hear the three-minute alarm on any other day than Tuesday, check in to an EAS station, but don’t call police or fire departments, as they are probably busy dealing with the real emergency.

Primary EAS radio stations for Will County:

*WJOL — 1340 AM

*WSSR — 96.7 FM

*WCCQ — 98.3 FM

*WRXQ — 100.7 FM

You can also sign up for the Will County Emergency Notification System, which will alert you through e-mail, pagers, voice mail or a cell phone text message that an emergency exists in your neighborhood.

Visit willcounty.smartmsg.com to sign up.

For more information on Tuesday’s test, call the Joliet EMA office at (815) 724-3563.

Then, don’t forget on January 4 at 10 a.m. that it’s only a test.

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