News Flash Home
The original item was published from 6/24/2021 10:23:55 AM to 6/24/2021 11:39:34 AM.

News Flash

General Press Releases

Posted on: June 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Emergency Warning Sirens

Outdoor Warning Sirens FINAL

 Westmont, Illinois -- Date Issued: June 24, 2021

The outdoor emergency warning sirens, which were recently sounded on Sunday, June 20 prior to the EF-3 tornado in DuPage County, are an important notification system that protects Westmont residents.  The warning siren system is an all-hazards alert used to warn the general population of potential danger. During an emergency, the sirens will be activated for several minutes. 

What Do the Sirens Mean?

Sirens in Westmont use two  tones.

Alert: A single tone signifying an emergency alert. The volume of the tone will likely change as the siren rotates. This signal is used to inform the community of an emergency or disaster, including a severe storm, tornado warning (not a tornado watch), earthquake, chemical hazard/hazardous material incident, extreme winds, or biological hazard. The tone is designed to be heard when primarily outside. It should NOT be used as a primary notification for severe weather occurring in the area.

Attack: An up-and-down, rising and falling tone to signify there is a homeland security or attack emergency. This signal would be used if community officials were notified by federal and/or state government officials of an actual or impending attack on the local community.

Outdoor warning sirens throughout DuPage County are NOT used to signal an all clear. If you hear the sirens sound for a second time, there might be an additional warning or a more severe threat, such as a tornado being confirmed on the ground. Tune in to your local news agencies and listen for information from local and regional public agencies regarding the emergency. 

Siren Test Times
Sirens are tested on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.

What Should I Do if I Hear the Sirens?
If the sirens are activated, and it is not a monthly siren test, citizens should:

  • Seek shelter  
  • Use your cell phone or tune in to radio or television to get information about
  • type of emergency 
  • instructions and recommendations
  • Listen to your local news media for information regarding whether or not the emergency is over
  • DO NOT call 911 unless you are reporting a specific emergency

Other forms of emergency notifications

  • NOAA Weather Alert Radios with battery back up in your home
  • Cell phones also have the ability to alert you of severe weather conditions
  • There are many news and weather websites that provide real time information

For more information, please visit the Ready Illinois webpage.

 

###

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in General Press Releases

Senior Resource Expo April 25 & 26

Posted on: February 23, 2024

Adopt-A-Planter Program

Posted on: February 21, 2024

Village Offices Closed March 29 & May 27

Posted on: February 15, 2024

Spring Has Sprung Window Mural Program

Posted on: February 7, 2024

Annual Westmont Tree Seedling Giveaway

Posted on: February 14, 2024

Drug Take Back Day April 27

Posted on: February 20, 2024

Westmont Library Garden Expo April 27

Posted on: February 14, 2024

Park District Spring Events

Posted on: February 1, 2024

2024 Race to the Flag 5K

Posted on: February 6, 2024 | Last Modified on: July 9, 2012

Metra Announces 2024 Zone & Fare Updates

Posted on: January 22, 2024

TIF Information Updates Registry

Posted on: January 19, 2024

Westmont Remembers Wally Van Buren

Posted on: January 19, 2024

Mental Health Awareness For The Holidays

Posted on: December 5, 2023

Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

Posted on: December 5, 2023

Downtown Overnight Snow Removal

Posted on: January 19, 2024

Cold Weather Tips for the Home

Posted on: December 12, 2023

2024 Citizens Fire Academy

Posted on: January 5, 2024

Salt Use And The Environment

Posted on: December 11, 2023

Snow Removal Operations

Posted on: December 29, 2023

Severe Weather Warming Centers

Posted on: November 29, 2023

Holiday Tree Pickup Jan. 2-12

Posted on: November 20, 2023

DuPage County 211 Services

Posted on: November 22, 2023

Volunteers Needed For EMA & More

Posted on: December 15, 2023

Citizen of the Year Nominations

Posted on: December 19, 2023

New Village Drop Box Location

Posted on: October 13, 2023

Village Responds To Migrant Influx

Posted on: December 28, 2023

Village Service Awards

Posted on: December 13, 2023

Winter Window Mural Program

Posted on: November 8, 2023

2024 Westmont Downtown Incentive Program

Posted on: November 9, 2023

Chicago Union Station Seeks Feedback

Posted on: November 21, 2023

WESTMONT 311 - Report A Concern

Posted on: November 6, 2023

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Posted on: October 18, 2023

2023 Used Vegetable Cooking Oil Recycling

Posted on: November 16, 2023

Westmont Police Host Winter Coat Drive

Posted on: October 10, 2023

Westmont Construction Project Updates

Posted on: October 13, 2023

Village Zoning Ordinance Review & Update

Posted on: September 28, 2023

Local Eagle Scout Campaign

Posted on: October 23, 2023

DuPage County Energy Assistance Program

Posted on: September 26, 2023

Drug Take Back Program A Big Success

Posted on: October 31, 2023

Police Dept. Service Awards

Posted on: October 23, 2023

October Proclaimed Arts DuPage Month

Posted on: October 6, 2023

2023 Wicked West Fest Events

Posted on: August 17, 2023

2023 Silent Parade Oct. 13

Posted on: August 18, 2023

Village Offices Closed Oct. 9

Posted on: September 7, 2023

Endless Summer Car Shows Return

Posted on: August 16, 2023

Back To School Safety

Posted on: August 7, 2023

Halloween Trick-or-Treating in Westmont

Posted on: October 11, 2023

Village Offices Closed Sept. 4

Posted on: July 28, 2023

Excessive Heat Warning August 22-24

Posted on: August 22, 2023

Back to School Resource Fair Aug. 12

Posted on: August 8, 2023

DuPage County Seeks Feedback

Posted on: July 27, 2023

West Nile Virus Update for DuPage

Posted on: July 17, 2023

Do Not Hesitate - Call 9-1-1

Posted on: June 21, 2023

Westmont Fire Department Promotions

Posted on: July 14, 2023

Village Construction Updates

Posted on: June 16, 2023

2022 Water Quality Report

Posted on: June 23, 2023

2023 Taste of Westmont

Posted on: June 2, 2023

BNSF Tracks Closed at Cass July 8

Posted on: June 7, 2023

Water and Garbage Rate Update

Posted on: April 21, 2023

Fire Department Promotions

Posted on: June 8, 2023

Westmont Compost Program

Posted on: April 11, 2023

West Quincy Streetscape Project

Posted on: April 19, 2023

Trustees Sworn Into Office

Posted on: May 5, 2023

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Posted on: April 6, 2023

2023-2024 Village Budget Presentation

Posted on: April 14, 2023

Fire Department Safety Update

Posted on: April 4, 2023

Call 811 JULIE Before You Dig

Posted on: March 23, 2023