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Emergency Warning System

In the event of an emergency, the town siren will sound continuously for a minimum of 5 minutes. Tune into local radio stations and access tv for more information. Rural residents in the affected area will be notified via phone.

If you spot a tornado please call 9-11.

TORNADOES

Tornadoes are violent windstorms identified by their twisting funnel-shaped cloud. They are always produced by thunderstorms but not every thunderstorm produces a tornado. They travel between 20 and 90 km/h, are erratic, and can change course suddenly. Do not chase tornadoes. Tornado Watch means the weather could develop a tornado. Tornado Warning means a tornado has been seen or it is very likely that one will develop shortly.

WARNING SIGNS OF TORNADOES:

  • -severe thunderstorms with frequent thunder and lightning
  • -an extremely dark sky sometimes highlighted by green or yellow clouds
  • -a rumbling sound, such as a freight train or a whistling sound similar to a jet aircraft
  • -a funnel cloud at the rear of a thunder cloud often behind a curtain of heavy rain or hail

WHAT TO DO DURING A TORNADO

IF YOU ARE NEAR A BUILDING:

  • 1. Listen to your radio during severe thunderstorms.
  • 2. If a Tornado Warning has been issued take cover immediately,
  • 3. Go to the basement or take shelter in a small interior ground floor room, closet or hallway.
  • 4. Protect yourself by sitting under a heavy table or desk.
  • 5. Stay away from windows and outside walls and doors.
  • 6. Do not use elevators.
  • 7. Avoid large halls, churches, arenas etc.: their roofs are more likely to collapse.
  • 8. Stay close to the ground, protect your head and hide from flying debris.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING:

  • 1. If you are driving try to get to a nearby shelter – drive away from the tornado at a right angle.
  • 2. Do not get caught in a car or mobile home - take shelter elsewhere. If no shelter is available, lie face down in a ditch or culvert away from the vehicle or mobile home.
  • 3. If a tornado seems to be standing still, it is either traveling away from you or heading right for you.
  • 4. Stay close to the ground, protect your head and hide from flying debris.

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