2017-4 Outdoor Warning Siren Activation Policy

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RICH HILL, MISSOURI AS FOLLOWS:

 Outdoor Warning Sirens shall be Activated when:

  • The National Weather Service issues a TORNADO WARNING OR a trained spotter reports a tornado in Bates County, Missouri
  • AND the tornado path includes the City of Rich Hill
  • OR the National Weather Service reports a storm system producing life-threatening winds, 75 mph or stronger, AND the storm path includes the City of Rich Hill.

Siren Activation to Warn of an Actual Severe Weather Event:

  • The sirens sound steady for 3 minutes. Sirens may be sounded multiple times during an event.
  • The sounding of the siren means “Move Inside Immediately and Seek Cover!”
  • Each siren activation indicates a tornado/high wind event is approaching the City of Rich Hill.
  • The City of Rich Hill DOES NOT sound an all-clear siren. Please listen to NOAA Weather Radio or other informational source.

Siren Audible Testing:

  • Outdoor warning siren will be audibly tested on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 A.M.
  • The monthly test will last for approximately one minute.
  • Audible testing will not take place:
    • During times when thunderstorms are predicted in the area or are actually in the area.
    • During freezing weather conditions
    • If the siren is not tested due to either of the above situations, the next test will be the next regularly scheduled test day. There will be no “make-up” test.
  • Siren Repair – Audible testing may occur after maintenance of the siren, but only following a minimal time period to notify the media and public, usually 24 hours.

 

 

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Jennifer Perkey-Ewing, Mayor                        Brittany Schenker, City Clerk

 

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