The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 1, 2012

New emergency public address system to be tested

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Enid and Garfield County Office of Emergency Management will test Enid’s new emergency public address system today, followed by a test of the storm siren network.

The public address system test will occur at approximately 11:55 a.m., followed by about a 3-minute test of the storm siren network at noon.

Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said his office is “strategically placing the public address sirens such where we cover the ball parks and any other areas where a lot of people gather.”

Honigsberg announced the purchase of two public address sirens with battery back-up in May, and he currently has three more sirens with public address capability on order.

Honigsberg said in his daily email update today he hopes to have those three public address sirens installed by the end of the year, and he hopes to purchase at least 10 more of the public address sirens in the future “so we can saturate the area with voice messaging if we need to.”

The Enid and Garfield County Office of Emergency Management does not have a dedicated funding source for the sirens yet to be purchased, which cost $26,000 each, so Honigsberg said the total upgrade “will take some time.”

Honigsberg said the sirens and public address speakers are intended as outdoor warning systems, and may not be heard inside buildings.

Today’s test will include all 41 emergency sirens in the Enid area.

Part of the test is intended to measure the effective range of the sirens and public address speakers. Honigsberg is asking members of the public who are in the Enid area during the test to email him at mike.honigsberg@onenet.net and let him know where they were located during the test, and whether or not they could hear the public address and/or sirens.