No, there are multiple ways to receive severe weather and emergency notifications, especially tornado warnings. Those methods include:
Generally speaking, sirens are activated if a tornado warning is issued for a specific area or a funnel cloud/tornado is reported by a trained spotter. For specific information on this, click on the Siren Activation Guide in the Outdoor Warning Sirens section of this website.
If it is during a regular test, consider your actions and plan as if it were a real event. If it is not during a regular test, seek shelter immediately! Tune in to a local media outlet for more information. Stay away from all windows and doors and remain in a safe place (lowest level possible) until the storm has passed. It is important to remember that any thunderstorm can produce a tornado with little or no warning.
No. If the sirens are activated again, it is to warn you that a new threat has entered your area or the initial threat is still present.
Not necessarily. During testing days, conditions are calm and often times windows are open and you may be outside in your yard. During a severe storm, you should be inside with windows and doors shut. Furthermore, the TV or radio may be on and rain and/or hail may be hitting your house. All of those factors make it more difficult to hear the siren. Remember, these are outdoor warning sirens and meant to be heard when you are outdoors and may not be heard while inside buildings or homes.
If a storm produces a tornado that is not an imminent threat to life safety in a specific area, sirens will not be sounded. In other words, if the tornado appears outside of your community and the storm system is moving away from your community, sirens will not be activated. We do not want to over warn citizens and every attempt is made to only activate the sirens when a threat affects your area.
If the siren is located in Atlanta, Burden, Cambridge, Creswell Township (Parkerfield), Dexter, Rock, Strother Field, Udall, Winfield or the Winfield City Lake, contact Cowley County Emergency Management at (620) 221-0470 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org If the siren is located in Arkansas City or Bolton Township (IXL), call Arkansas City Emergency Management at (620) 441-4454.
See the contact information in #7. Some sirens in communities have been moved over the past couple of years so some may sound different.
Check out the Siren Locations Map. Please note that if you want siren maps for Arkansas City or Bolton Township (IXL), call (620) 441-4454.