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Posted on: April 17, 2018


 Following the storm warnings for the area Sunday evening, April 15, 2018, residents have raised a variety of questions about the use of the sirens.

Fire Chief David Barnes and Police Chief Brian Byard communicate with their staff who are monitoring emergency calls and with the Mayor, to ensure that appropriate action is taken. The sirens are not engaged in every instance of severe weather alerts for Portage County, because sometimes the threat is not in the northwestern part of the county where Aurora is located.
When a tornado warning is issued and is projected to affect Aurora, and/or if threatening conditions are observed by safety forces, the sirens will be activated for a full two-minute cycle. 

Residents should be prepared to take shelter and monitor TV, radio, and/or National Weather Service websites for updated information. When the threat has passed, an all-clear single cycle activation of the sirens will sound, similar to the monthly test tone.

Please note that the siren system is typically tested at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday morning. It also undergoes periodic checks by the manufacturer. Further, while the city has a Reverse 911 program for emergency alerts, that system is not used for tornado warnings because there is typically not enough time to issue a Reverse 911 call in those situations.

For further information contact
Ann Womer Benjamin, Mayor




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