Emergency sirens: Know the difference in alerts

Emergency sirens: Know the difference in alerts
Dougherty County siren locations
Dougherty County siren locations
Chief Ron Rowe
Chief Ron Rowe

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Emergency warning sirens can save lives.

The 14 sirens spread out across Dougherty County have different sounds depending on the emergency. You can also hear warning statements through the siren speakers.

But a lightning strike could affect the sirens... so it's a good idea to sign up for "code red" to get emergency messages sent to your phone.

"Whether you're in town or out of town you can be notified, so if you have a cell phone number, you have family members, or you're a traveling band and they're at home, its important to keep in touch with what's going on around you. It's a warning that could save your life," said Chief Ron Rowe.

To sign up for "Code Red" to get 24 hour emergency messages on your phone go to www.Albany.GA.us and follow the instructions.

The following are announcements you will hear from the siren speakers:

Tornado warning: "Attention, A tornado warning is in effect. Seek shelter now."

Sever thunderstorm warning: "Attention, a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for [your city or county]. Seek shelter now."

Chemical release: "Attention, there has been a hazardous material release in this area. Go indoors. Turn off heating and air conditioning units."

General emergency condition: "Attention, an emergency condition exits, stand by for instructions."

All clear: "Attention, the emergency is over. I repeat, the emergency is over. Resume your normal duties."

Evacuation: "Attention, this is an emergency evacuation order. Remain calm. Follow the instructions of the emergency officials."

Post disaster information: "Attention, standby for a list of shelter and first aid stations. All residents listen for shelter location in your area. Proceed with caution. Watch for downed power lines."

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