The alert warning signal shall indicate to all residents… “turn on your radio or television to listen for essential emergency information and prepare to take shelter”.
Please Note: A severe weather/tornado watch means weather conditions are such that a tornado could occur. The weather warning sirens are NOT activated for severe weather/tornado watches. They are activated for a tornado warning. A tornado warning means a tornado or funnel cloud has been sighted in the area or indicated by weather radar and residents should seek shelter.
Severe weather watches, whether thunderstorm or tornado, are traditionally issued for a period of at least 6 hours. The National Weather Service may cancel a watch early if weather conditions change or the threat of severe weather no longer exists.
Severe weather warnings, whether thunderstorm or tornado, are traditionally issued for a period of 1 hour.
Warnings are usually allowed to expire without early cancellation by the National Weather Service. Re-Activation: Once the system is activated for an incident, it will not be reactivated for the same incident. However, the system will be re-activated for new confirmed incidents.