Emergency sirens went off in Manitou Springs Monday, but there was no need for residents and visitors to worry. The city was conducting a test.
The sirens are located at City Hall.
At noon, people in the area heard a spoken message announcing a "test of the emergency alert system," then a series of high and low tones that lasted for 10 seconds. That was followed by another spoken message.
The alert cycled through several times before the test was completed.
During an actual emergency, the high and low tones will sound for 10 seconds followed by a spoken message with further instructions.
In the case of a tornado, the spoken message will say: "Tornado warning, tornado warning, seek shelter immediately."
When the threat is flash flooding, the spoken message will say: "Flash flood warning, flash flood warning, move to higher ground immediately."