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Council to test emergency warning sirens in Killarney and Leyburn this Saturday

4 November 2019

Southern Downs Regional Council will conduct annual testing of its Flood Emergency Warning Systems at Killarney and Leyburn on Saturday 9 November 2019.

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Local Disaster Coordinator, David Keenan said the alarm testing would be held between 10am to 12pm in Killarney in conjunction with the Killarney Emergency Services Day Pop-Up Event and in Leyburn between 2pm and 4pm.

The siren systems at both locations are fixed sirens and are used to alert residents of an impending flood that may directly affect the community.

The sirens are audible for between 915 metres and 1,280 metres depending on weather conditions.

During the testing on Saturday, residents will hear the following pre-recorded test message:

Attention. Attention. This is a test of the public warning system. I repeat this is only a test.

Residents will hear a wailing tone similar to that of a commercial fire alarm.

Council emphasises to Killarney and Leyburn residents that the activation of the test message does not imply that the townships are under any immediate threat of flash flooding. However, any activation of the siren outside the stated times indicates that the townships are at risk of flash flooding.

The message in an emergency is:  

Attention. Attention. This is a flood warning announcement. Avoid low lying areas. Move to higher ground now. I repeat move to higher ground now.

Public information sessions about the Flood Emergency Warning Systems have previously been held in Killarney and Leyburn, and it is important that the community is aware of the warning system and what to do when they activate.

Killarney Emergency Warning Siren: Killarney Police Station, Ivy Street

Leyburn Emergency Warning Siren: Leyburn Police Station, Leyburn Forestry Road

Please contact Southern Downs Regional Council on 1300MYSDRC (1300 697 372) for more information.

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