Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan is advising the community that Clarksville’s Early Warning Siren System will be offline from September 11th through September 13th, 2012.
“The Federal Communications Commission has changed some of the requirements regarding the radio frequencies used to activate the system. In order to comply with the new requirements, the system will have to be updated. Once the changes are in place, the public will not notice any differences in the way the system operates,” said Doug Sampley, Director of the Clarksville City Information Technology Department.“As with any technology, updates to the system may be necessary on occasion. I appreciate the IT Department for responding early to this mandated change,” said Mayor Kim McMillan. “I have every confidence that the City’s emergency response personnel are well equipped to advise the public of any emergency situation during this short time period next week.”
The changes require personnel to climb the poles on which the sirens are located making it impossible to update the system during the nighttime hours. It is expected that the system will be fully updated and operational by September 14th, 2012.