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Posted on: October 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Siren Test - 10th and Pottawatomie

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(RILEY COUNTY, KS – October 20, 2023) 2:45 PM Update: Unfortunately, the siren failed to broadcast the test message. We’ll keep working and make another announcement before we test it again. 


Today at 2:00 p.m., Riley County Emergency Management (RCEM) will test the outdoor warning siren located at 10th Street and Pottawatomie Avenue, near Griffith Ballpark and Howie’s Trash and Recycling in Manhattan. 

The test is being conducted to make sure repairs were successful and the equipment is now working properly. The test will be a voice message, not a tone. People outdoors up to two miles away from the siren may hear a brief announcement. 

RCEM will send an Everbridge notification to people in the area about five minutes before siren activation. 

The City of Manhattan is responsible for the maintenance of outdoor warning sirens within city limits, and worked to oversee repairs of this equipment.

During emergencies, outdoor warning sirens are used to alert people who are outdoors of danger approaching. When you hear the sirens, TAKE SHELTER INDOORS IMMEDIATELY and seek additional information.

Everbridge is a mass notification system designed to keep residents, businesses, and visitors informed of emergencies, including weather warnings, water main breaks, public safety alerts, and natural disasters. Local authorities in partner communities use Everbridge to alert the community and keep them informed. Sign up to receive notifications at There is no charge to participate.   

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