Don’t forget to get out and vote. Elections are from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm and you can find your polling locations, candidate profiles, sample ballots, and everything you need to know about today’s election in my previous blog post or at vote.utah.gov.
Trying to decide when’s the best time to vote today? Check out our live cam over at the Provo City Center! You can keep an eye on the line and gauge your potential wait time. If the city center isn’t your polling location, this live footage might still give you a good idea of how long the lines are at other locations.
And don’t be surprised if you hear sirens today. We test our emergency sirens every year on Election Day at noon. It helps us prepare for emergencies and hopefully reminds everyone to vote. There is a siren located on the roof of Fire Station 1 at the City Center (351 W Center St) and there are three located in the Riverbottoms area at about 2750 N, 3800 N, and 5200 N along University Avenue.
The sirens were established around concerns of a breach in the Deer Creek Reservoir – so they are located in areas that are subject to flooding should the dam break. The warning sirens should not be interpreted as anything but a supplemental device. In the event of a real emergency, we would activate our emergency alert system to notify residents. In areas where residents are not able to hear the sirens, police cars would be dispatched to give residents a verbal notification.
The city conducts this annual test so the public can experience the operation of the system before a real emergency. In the event of a real emergency, you are advised to turn to local emergency broadcast stations, KSL-AM 1160 OR KBYU-FM 89.1 for further information.