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The Bismarck Board of City Commissioners acted at Tuesday’s meeting, to direct staff to proceed with a request for proposal to procure and install a two-way activation system and to conduct weekly tests of the current activation system. To insure proper function, a weekly Outdoor Warning Siren System test will begin at 12:00 P.M., Noon this Friday, June 12th and continue each Friday at 12:00 P.M. weather permitting, until a new activation system is in place. Additionally, staff were directed to notify the public of the City’s plan of how they will communicate with residents moving forward, and the available options to receive alerts and hazard warnings using alternative methods.
The City had experienced several delays with the vendor responsible for making needed repairs. The sirens themselves operate as designed, but not without a functional and reliable activation system. Since January 2019, five total system wide failures occurred. As a result, the city has been exploring other options to repair the system to maintain regular operations and testing.
The City’s communication plan to notify the public will be implemented in the following manner throughout the weekly testing period until the new system is installed.
Bismarck city staff routinely monitor select outdoor warning sirens 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. Visual monitoring and maintenance will continue. 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. For more information about emergency preparedness visit https://www.bismarcknd.gov/495/Emergency-Management