Sirens fail prompting evening test, confusing residents

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JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – Technical problems during a monthly test of the outdoor warning system prompted emergency management officials to conduct a second test Wednesday evening. However, that prompted numerous calls to 911 with many residents thinking it was an actual emergency.

The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency said repairs were made on the system earlier Wednesday.

A “bump test” of the system happened at 6 p.m. to make sure the system was working properly. It was only supposed to last 15 seconds, but instead went the full cycle, officials said.

“The second ‘bump’ test sounded correctly, but the cancel action failed and we were forced to go to a backup action to deactivate the siren system,” officials said.

Management officials apologized for “any concern this test caused,” and added it was “imperative to test our dispatch system to ensure the system was properly repaired in advance of a real event.”

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