The Village of leland recently updated the control module for the Outdoor Severe Weather Siren, which is located downtown near the Water Tower. This update was done for two reasons: one, to avoid additional false activations, and two, to give the Village Police and Fire Officials greater control of the siren.
The siren can now be activated by Village Police and Fire Officials from their respective Departments, from Department vehicles, and it can also be activated by the Police Dispatch Center.
Beginning in May, 2013, the siren will be tested on the first Tuesday of the month at approximately 10:00 AM.
What To Do When The Siren Is Activated?
- Go indoors, to a predetermined shelter area. For help determining the best area of your home to use as a shelter, please visit the following link from the Storm Prediction Center's Website: http://spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html
- Turn on a battery powered radio if available, or a television, and monitor local weather reports for the latest information.
- DO NOT CALL 911, the Police nor the Fire Department to ask why the siren is activated.
- DO NOT get in your vehicle and drive around looking for Police or Fire Officials to ask why the siren is activated.
When Will The Siren Be Activated?
- The siren will be activated when the Police Dispatch Center receives notice from the National Weather Service that a Tornado Warning has been issued for the Leland area. The NWS issues warnings under the following conditions; when they receive a report of a funnel cloud or tornado on the ground, or of other dangerous weather from a trained spotter in the area, and also when NWS radar shows rotation in the storm, indicating the possibility of a funnel cloud or tornado on the ground.
- The siren will be activated by Police or Fire Officials when they observe a funnel cloud or tornado on the ground, or other dangerous weather, including, but not limited to, large hail which can break windows and harm persons outdoors, and high winds which can uproot trees and cause loose objects to become air born.
- There is only one steady siren tone, and it's only purpose is to alert the public of severe weather. There is no "all clear" that will sound. You should stay indoors and monitor your battery powered radio if available, or a television, for updates on the storm.
- The siren in an OUTDOOR warning siren, and is not designed to be heard indoors. For more information on receiving alerts indoors, please visit the National Weather Service Radio webpage at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/
- Additional questions not answered on this page can be directed to Sgt. Wallis at:
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