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Rochester city leaders revamp warning siren systems

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – It’s no secret Rochester is growing by leaps and bounds and city leaders want to make sure all the new neighborhoods are aware of impending emergencies. To meet that goal, Rochester’s Emergency Management Division is revamping and adding to its warning siren system.

Rochester’s Emergency Management Division plan to renovate four different sirens throughout the city.

The locations include:

  • 65th Street Northwest and Highway 52 Northwest
  • Watson Field off Essex Parkway Northwest
  • Badger Hills Drive Northwest and 50th Avenue Northwest
  • College Parkway Southeast

Crews installed a new siren at Watson Field off of Essex Parkway Monday. It’s one two systems that will include new voice commands to better alert folks outside at parks or playing on the fields. These upgrades and new installations comes from the Capital Improvement Project funds and is a result of improving identified sound gaps within the city.

“For example, in 50th Avenue near the water tower, we’re putting up a siren and that will cover all the new homes that have gone in behind Hy-Vee at West Circle Drive,” Rochester Fire Department Emergency Division Management Director Ken Jones explained. “Its an example of an area that develops and there were no homes and we really need coverage in that area.”

Those sirens will be triggered for test runs the first and third Wednesday of every month. In addition to that, the city can send emergency alerts – weather related and more – straight to your phone. Residents just have to sign up for “Rochester Alert.”

After enrolling, you’ll receive text alerts when an emergency arises.

Beret Leone

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