What is the difference between a watch and a warning?
A watch means that conditions are favorable for the severe weather event in or near the watch area.

Actions to Take once the Watch has Been Issued:
Stay alert and pay attention to the news
Ensure your NOAA weather radio is working and has plenty of battery
Remain Alert
Be ready to move to a shelter

A warning means that a severe weather event is imminent or occurring in the warned area.

Actions to Take once the Warning has Been Issued:
Activate your emergency plan
Take shelter immediately
Tune in to local news or radio stations for additional information

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1. What is the difference between a watch and a warning?
2. Does the City of Irving have public shelters?
3. When are the outdoor warning sirens used?
4. What should I do when I hear the sirens?
5. Why can't I hear a siren inside my home?