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DEL CITY, Okla. -- A brand new outdoor warning system is being tested this week on the east side of the metro.

There is no severe weather in the forecast.

If you hear the sirens, do not be alarmed.

It is only a test.

Del City has added eight brand new tornado sirens, one for each square mile of Del City.

A $3 million bond issue funded the complete overhaul of the system and some additional fire response equipment.

The Fire Department and system programmers are testing the sirens this week in preparation for the system to go online Saturday, Dec. 1.

The fire department also decided to move seven of the eight sirens to locations that would serve the community better.

"We put them in the middle of each mile section to get the best coverage," Del City Fire Major Brandon Pursell said. "We had some areas that were underserved and some areas that had a little more coverage. So we spread out the system and we hope to get the best coverage."

Residents will notice a slightly different siren, a single tone for about three minutes with an additional audio message preceding the siren.

The message is tailored to the emergency.

System programmers will be performing tests all this week leading up to the Saturday replacement.

The fire department is also using Twitter and Facebook to notify residents of the outdoor warning system testing and transition.

Twitter: Del City Fire Dept.

Facebook: Del City Fire Dept.