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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:
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:
In this area, storms can develop very rapidly. It is not safe for citizens to be out in the storm once a warning has been issued. It is important that once the warning has been issued, citizens take shelter immediately inside a sturdy structure. Taking shelter inside the most interior location within the structure, preferably with no windows.
For additional information about storm safety, watch the video below:
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 that are outside, that an emergency of some type is occurring . Go inside and seek additional information from a weather radio, news or radio stations. Citizens should go to an interior room with no windows on the lowest floor of the building. If you have a NOAA radio, and if possible, 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, follow the video link below:
The Outdoor Warning Sirens are for outdoor warning only. They are meant to let people outside know to go inside and gather additional information. Current construction requirements for buildings and homes make hearing the Outdoor Warning Sirens difficult indoors. If there is inclement weather in your area, tune in to your local news, weather or radio channels to monitor the potential weather threats.
RACES only allows emergency communications when impending or actual conditions are jeopardizing public health and safety, affecting national defense or security, when there is an immediate threat to life and/or property, for specific training and for other well-defined reasons.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsored organization. ARES is not as constrained by its activation requirements. It normally takes over if communications are still required when the RACES guidelines are no longer met. It can be activated for any request requiring communications support.