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.
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.
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