When are the outdoor warning sirens used?

Irving has 26 outdoor warning sirens strategically located throughout the City. In accordance with the regional guidelines, the Outdoor Warning Sirens could sound during the following situations: 

  • a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service. A warning when it meets the following criteria:
    • sustained winds in excess of 70 mph or greater 
    • reports of hail larger than 1.5 inches in diameter reported by a reliable source
  • a tornado or funnel cloud reported by a reliable source, such as public safety officials or trained weather spotters
  • other emergencies as directed by the community's designated public safety officials

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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?