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A watch means that all of the ingredients for a severe weather event are present in the area.
Actions to take once the watch has been issued:
A warning means that all of the ingredients for a severe weather event are present and now there is activity occurring in the area.
Actions to take once the warning has been issued:
In this area, storms can develop very rapidly. It is not safe for individuals to be out in the storm once a warning has been issued. It is important that once the warning has been issued, individuals immediately seek shelter inside a sturdy structure. It is important that people take shelter inside the most interior location within the structure, preferably with no windows.
For additional information about storm safety, watch the video: KnoWhat2Do.com/severe-weather/storms/
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:
The Outdoor Warning Sirens are meant to warn people who are outside when a severe weather emergency is occurring. If you hear the sirens while outside, immediately seek shelter indoors and tune in to a local news, weather, or radio broadcast for more information. Once inside, go to an interior room with no windows on the lowest floor of the building. If you have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio, keep it with you so that you can listen for the weather watches and warnings for your area.
It is important to pre-plan and decide on your meeting locations with your family or business when creating your emergency plan. For additional information, including tips on building a plan, visit KnoWhat2Do.com.
The Outdoor Warning Sires are for warning people outside only. They are meant to signal for people to go inside and get additional information. While some individuals with homes close to a siren may be able to hear them indoors, that is not the purpose of the warning device. Current construction requirements for buildings and homes make hearing the sirens indoors difficult. If there is inclement weather in your area, tune in to local news, weather, or radio channels.