The monthly test of emergency sirens and message reader boards in the area went well, except for one reader board near Hat Rock.

Kym Cazier, the assistant program manager with Oregon State Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, said staff is still trouble-shooting the reader board, which was moved in January due to vandalism. The board performed to specifications during January's siren test.

"We're not counting that as a failure because we have not signed off on it yet as a clean bill of health yet," Cazier said on Tuesday.

The siren test checks more than 40 sirens in Umatilla and Morrow counties, plus seven message boards that would warn residents and drivers of an accident at the Umatilla Chemical Depot. The depot stores 3,717 tons of chemical weapons seven miles west of Hermiston.

Another 20 sirens and several reader boards protect people in southern Benton County, Washington. However, two phone calls to Benton County Emergency Management weren't returned by this morning.

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