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Sirens

Siren Picture
When do the sirens sound?
The Outdoor Warning Sirens will be sounded when:

- A confirmed funnel has been spotted within a 10 mile approach of the community,OR

- A confirmed tornado has been spotted within a 10 mile approach of the community, OR

- The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for eastern Morton and southwest Burleigh Counties to include the Cities of Mandan and Bismarck.

Confirmation of a funnel cloud or tornado may occur through the National Weather Service, trained Law Enforcement Officers, or trained Weather Spotters. Remember, a Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of a tornado. The Outdoor Warning Sirens will not be sounded for a Watch.

Note: The outdoor warning sirens are tested on the last Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

Report a Malfunction: Please contact us at 222-6727 and let us know if a siren in your area didn't sound and/or rotate.




What should I do when the sirens sound?
When you hear the sirens, go inside and listen to local media for information. Review our Emergency Alert and Warning Systems Brochure. You can also refer to the "What to do" section of the Tornado Safety information provided by the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
What does it sound like?

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Why can't I hear the sirens inside my house?
The sirens are an outdoor warning system designed to alert people who are outside that something dangerous is approaching.
Is there an all-clear signal?
The sirens do not provide an all-clear signal. People should be indoors monitoring local media stations for updates on what is occurring and when it is deemed safe.