Severe Weather Week: Warning systems are in place

Examples of NOAA weather radios

Having some warning of impending severe weather is a big plus in reacting correctly.

“With regard to warning devices, all residents, schools and businesses are highly encouraged to purchase a NOAA All Hazard Weather Radio with a frequency of 162.450, the frequency assigned to Kenosha/Racine counties,” said  Ben Schliesman, director, Kenosha County Emergency Management. “For as little as $25, no matter where you live/work in Kenosha County, you can always get up to the minute weather information, specific to the Kenosha/Racine area and you will also be notified of non-weather events including chemical spills/releases, health events and other non-weather emergencies with specific instructions as to what you need to do.”

Kenosha County also operates and maintains the outdoor warning sirens located throughout the county. The sirens are sounded when the National Weather Service issues a “Tornado Warning” or a “Severe Thunderstorm Warning with Hurricane Force Winds.” The sirens are an outdoor warning device meant to be heard outdoors or while in a vehicle; sirens are not meant to be heard indoors! All citizens are asked to help maintain the sirens, by “Adopting a Siren” and notifying Kenosha County Emergency Management at 605-7900, when a siren does not sound. Kenosha County tests its outdoor warning sirens the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.”

This week has been designated Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kenosha County and around the state.


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