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Posted on: June 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Bismarck Outdoor Warning Sirens Experience Systemwide Failure

The city is currently working with a local vendor to repair the radio receivers and activation controller system of the outdoor warning siren system in Bismarck. However, we have experienced several delays with the vendor responsible for making the needed repairs. The sirens themselves operate as designed, but not without the activation system. Since January 2019, five total systemwide failures have occurred. These include tests conducted in January 2019, August 2019, September 2019, November 2019 (a weekly test), and the May 29, 2020 test. The city is currently exploring additional options to move forward with the repair and maintenance of the system.  


Bismarck city staff routinely monitors select outdoor warning sirens each month during the outdoor warning siren test. The sirens are visually monitored to ensure they sound and rotate, and maintenance is conducted on the outdoor warning sirens as needed. 


As a first step in emergency disaster preparedness, be sure you have the capability to receive alerts and warnings provided by the National Weather Service and local media. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio ensures that you have the ability to receive alerts in a timely manner. If you don’t already have one, consider getting a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio. These can be programmed to receive ONLY the alerts you want and ONLY for the areas of concern to you. To learn more about the NOAA All Hazards Weather radio, visit https://www.bismarcknd.gov/1034/Weather-Radio---All-Hazards


A siren location map of the 24 Bismarck area outdoor warning sirens is available and can be viewed at:  https://www.bismarcknd.gov/1030/Sirens


The outdoor warning siren test occurs the last Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m.


For more information about emergency preparedness visit https://www.bismarcknd.gov/495/Emergency-Management.


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