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St. Mary's Tornado Warning Sirens To Be Tested Saturday

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (May 08, 2008)—The St. Mary's County Government will test their tornado warning sirens this Saturday at noon. The County has termed the warning system "Take Cover Alarms."

Local fire department sirens will be activated with a “Take Cover” signal for tornado warnings. This signal lasts for 13 cycles and is significantly different from a fire or rescue call signal.

County officials say the alarms will be routinely tested on the first Saturday of each month, with extra tests occurring as needed.

County officials suggest citizens should tune into local radio or television stations for more information if the “Take Cover” signal is sounded in their area.

During emergencies, St Mary’s County will open public shelters for citizens who may be required to evacuate their homes or workplaces.

St Mary’s County shelters are located at the area high schools; Chopticon, Great Mills, and Leonardtown. High visibility Emergency Shelter signs are posted at all three schools designating the County’s primary shelters. Leonardtown High School has two signs near Route 5, and will be the first shelter to open in an emergency event.

County officials say different shelters will be opened depending upon the emergency.

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