Be prepared for tornado emergencies, know these local warning siren facts

By Bryce Romine
OCEM Director

As we approach the spring tornado and severe weather season, here are a few facts about tornado sirens:

  • Tornado sirens are an outside warning system only.
  • When you heard a tornado siren go inside, take cover, and tune to local media for more information.
  • It is a good idea to have a second means of receiving warnings such as a NOAA weather radio or sign up for alerts at Osage County’s website (under Osage County Emergency Management or the sheriff’s office at www.osageco.org.)
  • Osage County tornado sirens are tested at 1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of month, unless there is inclement weather.
  • Sirens are not used to give an all clear – if you hear a second warning take cover. All clear information is broadcasted by local media.
  • Osage County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for activation of the tornado sirens. During a real event the tornado sirens are activated following a warning being issued by the National Weather Service.

For more information contact, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Osage County Emergency Management, or see County Departments, Emergency Management, at www.osageco.org.

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