The city of Gatlinburg plans to test its outdoor warning siren system at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
The test will activate all 14 outdoor warning sirens. This includes five early warning sirens and nine additional sirens, part of the city and county's upgrades for their alarm systems.
"Out of the 14 sirens that were installed, some were a voice type siren that will produce a voice message and a tone as well," Sevier County EMA Director Joe Ayers said. "Another portion of those are going to be tone only, so you'll hear both."
The city committed $215,000 for the five early warning sirens, part of its phase one of the project. Phase two placed placed nine more sirens across the county, costing the county and city about $500,000.
In December, the Sevier County Commission approved funding for nine additional sirens that will be placed in near school in county communities. Ayers said there is not a definite timetable for when those sirens will be installed and ready for operation.
After months of installing these alarm sirens, Wednesday will be a test to make sure the new sirens are operational and ready to use, according to a release from the city.
Sevier County Emergency Management Agency said it will also perform a test of both its "CodeRed" and "IPAWS" system for the Gatlinburg area. Sevier County EMA officials say residents can expect phone calls and text messages advising people of the test of the system. You can sign up for CodeRed notifications here.
Officials say during an actual emergency, when residents hear these siren, they should take cover and tune into local radio or TV stations to get additional emergency information.
"We hope the public learns that we are progressing and trying to help them with the installation of these devices," Ayers said.