Erie County Severe Weather Warning Sirens

Posted on February 26, 2015

Rescheduled for Friday, March 6th. at 9:50 am

Erie County operates 44 outdoor severe weather warning sirens as part of the countywide severe weather warning system.

The sirens are normally tested on the first day of every month at noon. The test typically lasts for approximately three minutes. Erie County will participate in a statewide tornado drill and test its Emergency Alert Sirens on Wednesday, March 6th. at 9:50 a.m. We will not be testing the sirens on March 1, 2015.

In the event of a severe weather warning, the county sirens are activated by the Erie County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Communication Center.

The county sirens are activated any time there is a TORNADO WARNING issued by the National Weather Service, or the reported sighting of a tornado/funnel cloud by public safety personnel, or the report of property damage or injuries caused by severe storms/tornado/funnel cloud.

Emergency Management Director, Tim Jonovich, reminds the area residents that the sirens are designed to serve as an outdoor warning device and therefore are not designed to necessarily alert someone inside their home, office or school. The sirens simply mean "to seek shelter and tune to your local TV and/or radio for further weather information." Director Jonovich recommends the use of NOAA All Hazards/Weather radios as the best indoor warning systems available today. NOAA radios can be purchased at many area department stores and electronic stores.

It is strongly recommended that each family/household and business pre-plan for weather emergencies. During an emergency, residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 or the Sheriffs' Office Dispatch Center whenever the sirens are activated for weather related emergencies, as dispatchers will be co-coordinating the response of area agencies.

The sirens are not activated upon expiration of the warning; you will never hear the sirens activated to indicate "all clear."

Tim Jonovich