The purpose of outdoor warning sirens is to warn people who may be outdoors to find shelter immediately and get information from their TV’s or radios.
Tornado and Severe Weather Watches and Warnings:
- A Watch is issued when conditions are present for a tornado or storm to develop. People are advised to continue normal routines, but be alert for changing weather conditions.
- A Warning is issued when wind speeds exceed 70 mph, and/or trained weather spotters notify the National Weather Service, and/or Doppler radar indicates severe weather is approaching. (Outdoor Warning Sirens will be activated)
Outdoor Warning Sirens activate for 3 minutes, then activate again if conditions warrant. An “all clear signal" is not used. All clear is announced on the radio or TV. Outdoor Warning sirens are tested at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month.
If you are at home during a siren activation:
- The safest place to be is in an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.
- Stay away from windows. Do not try to open or close windows.
- Stay away from outside doors and garages.
- If you have no basement, move to the lowest level and go into an interior room, such as a bathroom or closet.