City to start testing tornado sirens

Alisa Boswell

Beginning today, Portales will be testing its tornado sirens at noon every first and third Thursday of the month to ensure the city’s mass notification system is fully operational and all Roosevelt County residents are able to hear alerts.

“We want to make sure our equipment is functioning and we are doing it as an educational process for the community,” said Portales Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger. “We need folks to start getting acclimated back into the sirens. We also want to make sure everyone can hear the sirens from wherever they’re at.”

Wattenbarger said more sirens will be installed in the county in the near future to ensure that all county residents are able to hear emergency alerts.

“With mass notification now, we can send out notification asking people to let us know if they can’t hear the sirens,” Wattenbarger said. “We do have some money set aside to get additional sirens, We are just trying to determine how much we need to set aside for equipment and how much for installation.”