Authorities prepare for severe weather by testing sirens
WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Authorities prepared for severe weather by sounding the alarm.
Sirens went off in Wausau at 1:15 this afternoon to test the severe weather alert system. Officials said they will be testing it every Monday at 1:15 p.m. from the beginning of April until the end of October.
The Marathon Co. Sheriff's Department operates the sirens, and they wanted to make sure they were working ahead of the storms.
"We have a very effective notification system, and paging system that is in use on a consistent basis," said Tony Nardi.
Marathon Co. dispatch said these sirens could mean a matter of life and death if there's an emergency.
Officials said that's especially true in rural areas, where they have a difficult time getting the message out.