City of Fargo to Test Outdoor Warning System


Emergency sirens are an important part of the City of Fargo’s public safety infrastructure. To ensure the sirens are functioning properly, the City of Fargo tests the emergency sirens on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 pm.

What to do when you hear the sirens (when a test is not scheduled):

  • Seek shelter indoors and turn on local media (local broadcast channels, radio); hearing a siren does not mean you should evacuate. Follow directions from local officials including information provided by the National Weather Service.
  • Do not assume there is no emergency because skies are clear; there may be a non-weather related emergency.
  • Only call 9-1-1 in case of an actual emergency. Please do not use 9-1-1 to ask questions about the siren system; all questions may be routed to the Office of Emergency Management at 701.476.4068. 

The siren structure is an outdoor warning system; therefore, you may not be able to hear the sirens indoors or during an actual event due to high winds and weather conditions. Cass Fargo Emergency Management recommends having multiple ways to receive emergency alerts such as signing up for CodeRED weather alerts and having a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology to provide dependable indoor warning information.