Outdoor Warning System

To ensure all systems are operating normally a monthly audible test of the Outdoor Warning System is performed. This testing occurs on: the first Monday of each month at 10:00am. The test will not be conducted if there is any city-wide emergency or threatening weather.

What do I do when I hear the warning sirens?

  • Remain calm, go inside and seek shelter immediately, turn on your radio or television, or listen to your Weather Alert Radio.
  • Listen carefully to the instructions.
  • Take whatever action is necessary to protect yourself and your family. Unless told otherwise, stay indoors until the emergency has ended.
Do not call 911 to ask why the warning sirens have been activated. Only call 911 if you have an emergency to report for Police, Fire or EMS assistance.

Additional Recommendations

This system is a supplemental warning system, designed to warn those who are outside, or who are in close proximity to a siren. As a supplemental warning system, it may not always be audible inside homes, buildings with a high ambient noise level (such as offices or factories), or when you are sleeping.

As a primary means of warning, Weather Alert Radio Receivers are strongly encouraged for every home and business. They are available from a variety of retailers, and typically cost between $30 and $80. These receivers sit silently until the National Weather Service issues a warning; at which time they give out a loud alarm sound, followed by the specific warning message. The Weather Alert Radios can easily be configured to warn the hearing and visually impaired.

It is imperative that you remain aware of the potential for severe weather, especially during the spring and fall storm seasons. By remaining alert, you can anticipate severe weather, and possible watches or warnings. If the potential for severe weather exists, be prepared. Monitor your Weather Radio or a local radio or television station for updates.