The Washington and Keokuk County emergency management coordinator says local emergency sirens are in working order, and will be put to the test this morning. Larry Smith says communities in the two counties will test the sirens as part of a statewide tornado drill. Smith says these sirens are for outdoor purposes, therefore people should also have weather radios for use in their homes. Smith says most communities test their sirens at least once a month. He says some even conduct a daily test. Smith will join the KCII Severe Weather Action Team via phone during the mock tornado drill scheduled for this morning at 10:15. He'll explain what's happening and what his duties are during such a situation.
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