West Carrollton has installed new outdoor emergency warning sirens that help alert residents to severe weather, and the city will begin testing them next week.
The five sirens replace a 36-year-old system at a cost of cost of $84,276, half of which was funded by to a state Homeland Security program grant coordinated through Montgomery County, according to the city.
The sirens will be tested during the regular monthly test at noon on Monday and during the state-wide tornado drill and test of the Emergency Alert System March 21, according to the city.
The new sirens are located at: 11 N. Locust St., 4250 Soldiers Home Miamisburg Road, 350 Wilson Park Drive and Fire Station 57 at 1700 S. Alex Road. Another siren, recently replaced in 2009, exists at the W.C. High School located at 5833 Student St.
Two sirens, formerly located 883 Blanche Drive and 225 Lake Forest Drive, were removed because the new sirens are more efficient and cover a larger footprint, according to Fire Chief Chris Barnett.