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Emergency Management

Frequently Asked Questions

When do the sirens sound?
Actual Events
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.

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

What should I do when the sirens sound?
Seek shelter by going indoors and monitor local media (radio or television) for further information. Sirens may be utilized for emergencies other than tornadoes such as a chemical spill or other large emergency/disaster situation.

What does the siren sound like?
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The outdoor warning sirens are designed to alert people outside and are not intended to be heard indoors. Some areas may hear the siren indoors due to their proximity to a siren location.

How can I receive National Weather Service information when I'm indoors or sleeping?
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A great individual preparedness tool! Outdoor warning sirens are not meant to be heard indoors. This radio will provide the alerts as soon as they are issued by the National Weather Service. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards

Where are tornado shelters located?
Tornado shelters are not offered in our community. Citizens are highly encouraged to plan ahead for severe weather.

For information regarding what to do when the sirens sound, please review our Emergency Alert and Warning Systems Pamphlet

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.

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