(FROM TYLER POLICE DEPARTMENT) - Today at 11:00 a.m. the City of Tyler, Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler will activate the Outdoor Warning System along with the Tyler Emergency Alert System (Sudden-link Communications).
The City of Tyler Outdoor Warning Systems will be activated starting with a test message. That message will be followed with approximately a 30-second steady tone, followed by an approximate 30-second alternate steady tone, followed by an approximate 30-second pulsed steady tone, followed by Westminster Chimes. The test will end with a test message. The test message is "Attention: This is a test of the City of Tyler outdoor early warning system. This is only a test. If this were an actual emergency, you should tune to your local radio station, 600 on your AM dial. This is only a test." In the event the National Weather Service issues any type of watches or warnings for Smith County, the systems will not be tested.
In the event of a tornado warning being issued for Smith County a 3 minute steady tone will be sounded. The tone will be followed with a message, "Warning! The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Smith County. Residents should immediately take cover. This is a tornado warning." Everyone should make themselves aware of the different tones and their significance.