Family Preparedness Friday

What’s the Deal with Those Outdoor Warning Sirens?

Since today is the first of the month, we all know what that means . . . tomorrow morning at 11am is the monthly test of the outdoor warning sirens. (OK, not for everyone, but at least in my hometown in Indiana).

Now let me be the first to say, I love the Saturdays when I get to sleep right through that test, but then again that hasn’t happened since. . . well probably since college. Oh the good old days. And to all of you who know me that just rolled your eyes because you know I’m not that far removed from college, I really haven’t embraced this grown up factor yet and why my body feels the need to wake up by 7:30 on the weekends.

I digress. Back to those outdoor warning sirens.

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I thought today I would answer some common questions about outdoor warning sirens.

Question 1

What should I do when I hear the sirens?

When the sirens are heard, immediately go inside and tune into local media or your weather radio for further updates and instructions.

Question 2

Why can I not hear the sirens when I am in my house?

Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those people that are outdoors that a dangerous situation is approaching.

Question 3

How can my family get alerts when we are at home in our house?

For alerts indoors, every home and business should have a NOAA Weather Radio. NOAA Weather Radios are like a smoke detector for severe weather. They are intended to wake you up from sleep when a warning is issued for your area.

Question 4

Why don’t the outdoor warning sirens sound an all-clear signal?

People should be indoors and monitoring local media for updates on the storm.

What other questions do you have regarding outdoor weather sirens? Let us know, and we will update with an answer.