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Since we had to deploy the tornado outdoor warning siren system on Monday, May 3rd for an actual tornado event, we won’t be performing the typical “first Wednesday of the month” system test today.

The next test is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

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The April test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (04/07/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 8 April 2021.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the https://www.decaturga.com/ems/page/tornado-outdoor-warning-sirens page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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The March test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (03/03/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 March 2021.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the https://www.decaturga.com/…/tornado-outdoor-warning-sirens page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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The February test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen today (02/03/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 4 February 2021.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Happy New Year!

The January test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow (01/06/21) at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 7 January 2021.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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This week (December 7-11), the National Weather Service offices that cover Georgia — in conjunction with Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency – are supporting Winter Weather Preparedness Week for the state of Georgia.  

Though winter weather events can vary widely from north to south across the state, it’s important to remain aware of potential winter weather threats and impacts that can affect the state from one year to the next, including snow, ice and extreme cold (frostbite, hypothermia, etc.).

Each day will focus on a specific winter weather-related topic and the information may be found on the NWS website:

Monday, Dec. 7: Winter Weather in Georgia — learn about winter weather hazards that can impact the state of Georgia

Tuesday, Dec. 8: Winter Weather Terminology — learn about winter weather “alerts” (watches, warnings and advisories) and what they all mean
Wednesday, Dec. 9: Winter Weather Preparation Tips — learn how to best prepare for winter weather events, and put together a “Ready Kit” while making a plan before winter weather strikes
Thursday, Dec. 10: Winter Weather Driving Tips/Safety — learn “best practices” for driving (if necessary) in winter weather conditions and how to pack a mobile “Ready Kit”
Friday, Dec. 11 Winter Weather Outlook for 2019-20 season  

You should also check out the 2020-2021 City of Decatur Emergency Management Services guide for tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe during the pandemic and severe weather, including winter storms, on the City of Decatur website.

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The November test of the Tornado Outdoor Warning Siren System will happen tomorrow, November 4, at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, November 5.

If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

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Tropical Storm Zeta came through the area with a vengeance on Thursday and it is continuing to wreak havoc around the City today. Over 30 trees came down during & after the storm and city crews & Georgia Power crews are doing their best to clear the debris and restore power.

We understand your frustrations if you are still without power or if there is a tree blocking the roadway preventing you from easily getting through the City. Please be patient and do not attempt to remove any part of the tree yourself. If the tree is still there, it is likely that a live power source is on it and it is not safe to touch. The City is working with Georgia Power to address these areas. Use this time to check on your neighbors and help us get the word out about staying safe.

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UPDATE 10/28/20 1:15 p.m.: The tropical storm watch has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has advised of the potential for severe weather conditions tonight into Thursday due to Tropical Storm Zeta.

Currently, much of north and west Georgia are under a tropical storm watch as well as a flash flood watch until midday on Thursday, 10/29. The main impacts include:

• Heavy Rain (widespread 2-4 inches)

• Flooding and flash flooding

• Strong and Damaging Winds (could down trees/power lines)

Here are ways you can get prepared now:

  • Keep updated on the latest weather by tuning in to your local weather channel and downloading a weather notification app so that it will notify you when a television or radio isn’t nearby.
  • Sign up for the City’s Smart911 notification system to receive emergency weather alerts should your property be included in a storm predicting polygon.
  • Determine a safe place to shelter in the event of damaging winds or a tornado. Look around your place for helmets, pillows, e.g. anything you can use to protect your head in the event of flying objects in high winds. As always, it’s good to be on the lowest floor of a house or structure since winds are less strong near the surface.
  • Charge your devices including smartphones, laptops, etc. now, and leave them charging. 
  • Clear sidewalks and drains near your property of fallen leaves; however, do not push into the street as the additional material in the roadway could block storm water drains.

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The National Weather Service has issued Tornado Watch #498 for DeKalb County (and may others) until 9PM tonight.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornados to occur. Stay tuned to a weather radio, a local TV/radio station or a weather app for updates.

If you hear the tornado sirens today, seek shelter immediately.

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