Havreites should be ready to expect the unexpected Tuesday morning when the emergency sirens are tested at 9 a. m.
Hill County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Joe Parenteau said the sirens should both go off and run for three minutes during the test.
“If it were an actual emergency people should tune to the local media to find out what they should do and what is happening, ” he said.
The test this time will start with the county dispatching service, which will set of the two sirens, one located at the water tank near Legion Field in eastern Havre and the other at the water tower near the cemetery road in Highland Park in western Havre.
A successful test was done in May, with the sirens set off by the city dispatching service.
“Both went off as planned and on time, ” Parenteau said.
In an actual emergency, a message would automatically be broadcast over the local radio, and the Havre Daily News would post information online via its website, Twitter and Facebook accounts. The message repeated or updated throughout the emergency.
The sirens would be used to notify area residents of emergencies and to tune into the radio in case of tornadoes, flash floods or other weather-related emergencies; hazardous material spills; evacuations, or any other disaster requiring public notification.
In case of a disaster requiring the use of the sirens, an authorized representative would notify the 911 dispatch center to activate the siren. The people authorized to activate the sirens are the Hill County sheriff, the Havre police chief, the Havre fire chief, the Hill County commissioners, the Havre mayor, and the Hill County emergency manager.
During an emergency, people are advised to take shelter inside a building away from windows and check with local media for emergency information.