1. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tornado warning for the area.
2. A tornado has been spotted by a trained weather spotter, a ham radio spotter, sworn law enforcement officer or fire department personnel.
3. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm warning with a damaging wind tag of 70 mph or greater for the area.
4. Law Enforcement/Fire command personnel instruct the Communications Center to sound the sirens. (This could be for a chemical release or any other out-side hazard where people would be safer indoors).
Officials want people to know when the sirens sound, they are warning people that are outdoors to seek shelter. They are not designed to be heard inside all homes and buildings.
When you hear the siren and are outside, you should go inside a sturdy structure to the lowest level without windows and turn on communication devices.
Always look and listen for information relating to the hazards for which the warning is issued.
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