Siren test set Saturday in Ringgold, Fort Oglethorpe

Siren test set Saturday in Ringgold, Fort Oglethorpe

June 2nd, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

A decommissioned emergency siren is affixed on top of the Belvoir Pharmacy off of Brainerd Rd. Staff photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Emergency alert sirens will sound Saturday in Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold in the first test of Catoosa County's warning system since the April 27 tornadoes.

"These sirens are tested on the first Saturday of each month at noon pending good weather," said Steve Quinn, director of the Catoosa County Emergency Management Agency. If bad weather threatens, the tests will be delayed a week or more, he said.

"With the storms still fresh on everyone's minds, we don't want there to be any confusion as to why they are going off," Quinn said.

On April 27, the sirens were activated when the tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service, he said. That was about 20 minutes before the twister struck, devastating downtown Ringgold.