Charleston sirens set for Friday

By BRIAN GRAVES

Posted 11/15/17

There will be the sounds of sirens across the Charleston area Friday, but those are not planned to be actual signs of warning.It will be a test of the chemical industries' systems which trigger …

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Charleston sirens set for Friday

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There will be the sounds of sirens across the Charleston area Friday, but those are not planned to be actual signs of warning.

It will be a test of the chemical industries' systems which trigger alarms should there be any problems at the plant sites.

And, it will also be the first test of a warning system which targets the Charleston area where those plants are located via cellphone.

Since the recent incidents at Wacker, local agencies have been working on an alert system which targets the local areas around those plants.

County EMA Director Troy Spence said Friday's exercise will be a test run for that new, focused system.

"We will be trying out the new Charleston NIXLE system, which gives alerts through the phone," Spence said.

He also noted official EMA spokesperson Dr. Lindsay Hathcock will be appearing on Facebook Live, giving updates.

"It is hoped these newly formatted alert systems will better inform those residents who are near to these plants, and place a stopgap on the misinformation which can develop," Spence said.

"We also want to strongly encourage everyone in the area to sign up for the NIXLE alerts," Spence said.

To sign up for the NIXLE alerts, text cbcema to the text line number 888777.

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