Seek shelter indoors and
tune your radio or television
to a local station for
Outdoor warning sirens are used to advise citizens of possible dangers to the community. Some of these events include tornado warnings or high wind warnings issued by the National Weather Service or chemical emergencies. For incidents of long duration, sirens will be periodically activated. There is no siren to indicate the end of an event.”
Local sirens are tested on the first Friday of each month from April through October at Noon.
The safest place to take shelter during high winds or a tornado is underground in a basement under something sturdy. If there is no basement, take cover in the center of the house or building on the lowest floor in a small room (such as a bathroom or closet). The more walls between you and the outside the safer you may be.
Residents in a mobile home should seek shelter elsewhere at the first sign of severe weather. Contact the Park Manager prior to an emergency for information on available substantial shelters.
If you are in a vehicle when a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter in a safe structure, ditch or ravine away from the vehicle. Do not seek shelter under a highway overpass.
If you are out of doors away from any sturdy building, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and hold onto something on the ground if possible.
Discuss the types of disasters and explain what to do in each case.
First aid kit
Battery operated radio
NOAA weather alert radios with Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.) are an inexpensive way to provide indoor warning for you and your family. The radio is programmed to provide citizens with information on severe weather events or chemical emergencies in their community. The NOAA weather alert radio uses an alert tone followed by official information about the hazardous event. These radios can be purchased locally for about $60 each. For further information see the NOAA web page.
For further information contact
Kent County Office of Emergency Management
701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm