Only if you have an emergency. Please do not use 911 to ask questions about the system, all questions may be directed to the Office of Emergency Management.
Should I hear the siren sound in my building or house?
It depends on your location to the siren; however, if you do not hear them indoors it does not mean the system is functioning improperly.
Sirens are not designed or intended to penetrate structures for indoor warning. The purpose of the system is to get the attention of citizens who are outdoors so they will go indoors to seek shelter and further information regarding the emergency. The nearer you are to a siren, the more likely you may hear them inside a business or residence but severe weather (like high wind) will impact the audible sound. For indoor warnings, a NOAA Weather Radio is recommended.
What do I do when I hear the sirens?
When you hear the sirens take cover immediately in a small room such as an interior bathroom or hall closet. Cover your head.
If you are in a large building go to the most interior portion of the building. Close all doors and staying away from exterior windows and doors. Monitor the radio or television if possible.
What other forms of warning should I consider?
We strongly urge you to purchase a NOAA Weather Radio for your home and business. A radio that is designed to receive broadcasts from the local National Weather Service office. This is the best source of “Indoor Warning" you can have.