Lincoln County changes its emergency siren protocol

NORTH PATTE, Neb. (Nebraska) – Lincoln County communities recently changed emergency siren protocol; sirens always sound for tornadoes, and that won’t change.

However, sirens will now sound for potential life-threatening weather events within ten miles of the area. Straight-line winds greater than 80 miles per hour with severe thunderstorms and for damaging hail 2.75 inches in diameter or greater, equal to the size of a tennis ball.

“The windstorm we had last year really put the front of my mind that we needed something to be able to guide the public more often when these dangerous storms come, not just a tornado, whether that whether it’s a weather event or a hazardous material event, a hazardous material spill, what’s on the interstate railroad, whatever it is, something that’s going to be a detriment to the public, and they want them to go in and find out what’s in that way I can take precautions from there,” said Brandon Myers, Lincoln County director of emergency management.

Every first Wednesday at 11.30am, they test the sirens to make sure they are working properly.

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