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What do the Sirens Mean?

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This is an update regarding the FLETC/Glynco’s Early Warning System (EWS) – the siren and public address warning system which alerts staff and students of severe weather. The EWS was recently upgraded to enhance the system's capabilities. This enhancement included the addition of new audible sirens wail sounds. 

The FLETC Security Police Dispatcher initiates the appropriate audible signal from the system towers positioned throughout the FLETC/Glynco when they receive notice of severe weather threatening our area. Many training divisions have developed specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for response to severe weather; therefore, instructors should review the SOPs from time to time to ensure they are complying with severe weather policy.

Severe Thunderstorms:  When the National Weather Service issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for our area, it often means lightning, high winds, rain and/or hail could threaten our personnel or facilities. The Security Police Dispatcher will sound the warning signal - a siren wail, followed by a pre-recorded announcement that there is a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.  If you are outside when you hear this signal, you must seek shelter (preferably indoors) immediately.

Tornados:  When the National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning (not a Tornado Watch) for our area, it means tornado activity has been identified in our immediate area and there is a distinct threat of a tornado. (A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornado activity but that no specific tornado activity has yet been observed.)  The Security Police Dispatcher will sound the warning signal – a siren fast wail, followed by a pre-recorded verbal announcement that there is a Tornado Warning.  If you are outside, you must seek adequate shelter immediately.

After the threat period is over, an “ALL CLEAR” signal will be activated on the public address feature of the EWS to advise FLETC personnel that the weather threat period has ended and training and other activities may resume.

To hear samples of these announcements, including the different siren wails, click on links in the left column of this page.

Questions about the EWS and response to severe weather events can be directed to Security and Emergency Management Specialist, at 912-261-4555; or Chief Security Officer, at 912-267-2102.

Early Warning System Pre-recorded Announcements