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 life
  • remain alert and be ready to move to a shelter 

A warning means that a severe weather event is imminent or occurring in the warning 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?