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Tornado Warnings

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Steady Siren Tone For 3 Minutes* = Take Cover!

This indicates receipt of a National Weather Service Tornado Warning or Confirmed Sighting of aTornado Tornado or Funnel Cloud Within the Elk Grove Village Area!

* Not to be confused with the Lightning Alert System siren that sounds for 15 seconds only.

The sirens are sounded primarily to alert people who are outdoors. Get indoors, preferably in a basement or a small interior room if a basement is not available. If there is no shelter available close by, lie flat, face down, in a ditch or low area, and cover your head until the tornado passes.

  • If you are already inside, go to the basement or lowest level of the building. Move to an interior room staying away from outside walls, windows, and doors.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafeterias.
  • If you are already indoors, you may not be able to hear the sirens. Be aware of conditions outside and listen to your radio or television for watches or warnings if the weather appears to be threatening.
  • There will be no "All Clear" siren signal. Listen to the radio or television for further updates. Have a battery-operated radio and flashlight with you as power failures often occur during severe weather.
  • If you hear sirens again, it is because of an additional sighting and warning. Again, seek shelter!
  • Have a plan! Know what to do before it happens.

Please do not call 9-1-1 or other Police or Fire Department numbers for siren information.