Outdoor Warning Siren Information PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:47

The Outdoor Warning Sirens are designed to warn members of the public that are outdoors to seek shelter in a location that provides safety from severe weather and other dangers. The sirens are not intended to be heard inside of homes. The sirens are usually activated for weather affecting all of Woodbury County and not specific parts of town.

There are 4 reasons the Woodbury County Communications Center will activate the sirens.

1.The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tornado warning for the area.

2. A tornado has been spotted by a trained weather spotter, a ham radio spotter, sworn law enforcement officer or fire department personnel.

3. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunder storm warning with a damaging wind tag of 70 mph or greater for the area.

4. Law Enforcement/Fire command personnel instruct the Communications Center to sound the sirens. (This could be for a chemical release or any other out-
     side hazard where people would be safer indoors).


Should you be outdoors and hear the sirens you should immediately:

1. Go inside to the lowest level possible to a room without windows.

2. Turn on a communication device such as a weather radio, television, computer, AM/FM radio, or smart phone and look and listen for information relating to the hazards for which the warning was issued.