Outdoor Storm Warning System

Outdoor Warning Sirens

The City of Pittsburg currently operates and maintains 13 outdoor storm warning sirens.  These sirens are strategically located throughout the city to provide for maximum notification in the event of severe weather.

Storm Siren Location & Coverage Map

Should severe weather occur, the sirens are activated by radio frequency through the Police Dispatch Communication System located at the Pittsburg Law Enforcement Center.  Sirens are designed to serve as a warning for people outside of their business or residence and are meant to direct citizens to go indoors during an emergency or threat of severe weather.

You may not be able to hear the sirens indoors or during an actual event due to high winds and weather conditions.  Secure a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology to provide dependable indoor warning information to your family.  A weather alert radio receiver can be purchased from a variety of retail stores at a reasonable cost.  These receivers are silent until a warning is issued by the National Weather Service, at which time they give out a loud alarm sound, followed by the specific warning message.  The weather alert radios can easily be configured to warn the hearing and visually impaired.

Siren Activation

The storm sirens shall be sounded when the following conditions exist:

  • When a tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service and there is an indication by radar that the City of Pittsburg is in the projected path of the storm, or there is general assumption that the City of Pittsburg is in imminent danger.
  • When the City of Pittsburg is in the path of a storm where a tornado has been spotted by trained weather spotters.
  • When a tornado is spotted by a trained visual weather spotter in the close proximity or immediate area so that the City of Pittsburg could receive damage.

Siren Testing

Weather permitting, monthly audio testing of the sirens is conducted on the first Wednesday of every month at noon during the months of April through October to insure the sirens are operational.  Should the weather not be favorable, the siren test will not be conducted in an effort to avoid confusion between the test and an actual event.

The sirens will be sounded twice; once should be a continuous tone for storm warnings and the second should be an on/off tone for Civil Emergency.  Audio testing is in addition to the silent weekly testing performed by the City throughout the year to ensure the proper functioning of the siren system.

There will not be an all-clear siren because it can create confusion.  The City will have spotters at each of the 13 siren locations, but encourages citizens of the community to contact the City if a siren is not functioning properly.

In the Event of a Real Emergency

It is imperative that you remain aware of the potential for severe weather, especially during the spring and fall storm seasons.  By remaining alert, you can anticipate severe weather and possible watches or warnings.  If the potential for severe weather exists:

  • Be prepared
  • Remain calm and seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows and exterior walls
  • Monitor your local radio or television stations for updates or listen to your weather alert radio
  • Listen to the instructions and take necessary actions to protect yourself and your family
  • Remain indoors until the emergency has ended unless told otherwise
  • Only call 911 in case of an actual emergency or when no information is being broadcast

Report Siren Outages

During regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, call either the Public Utilities Office at (620) 240-5126 or the Traffic & Communications Division at (620) 230-5670.  After Hours & Weekends, call the Pittsburg Police Department at (620) 231-1700.

 


Contact Information

Joe Beaman
Traffic & Communications Supervisor
522 S. Free King Hwy.
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Email
Phone: (620) 230-5670
Fax: (620) 240-5157