Lake County has installed an emergency alert outdoor sirens system to alert citizens of possible dangers such as chemical emergencies, natural and man-made disasters, and national security issues.
The sirens are tested at 11:00 A.M. on the second Wednesday in January, April, July and October.
Sirens will be sounded three times, and each three-minute sounding will be separated by a 30-second break. You also may be warned by loud speakers used by fire and police departments.When you hear the Emergency Siren follow these directions calmly-but immediately:
- Go indoors, close all doors and windows.
- Tune to local emergency information stations. Follow broadcast information.
- DO NOT call 911. Such calls could hinder response activities.
- Stay tuned to your radio or TV for further information.
Emergency workers will check to see if you know about the emergency. To show that you know about the emergency and DO NOT need assistance, tie a towel to your door, mailbox, or other object visible from the road. Check on neighbors as time permits, especially those who could need assistance. Confirm that they have received the emergency message and know what to do.
The Lake County Emergency Management Agency, through the Office of Homeland Security, has purchased a system to help our citizens during times of emergency. This system is known as Reverse 911 and has the capability of reaching the citizens with an important emergency information message along with instructions on what to do during this emergency.
Learn more about mass notification by reading this report.
Specific criteria has been designated for the use of this Reverse 911 System. The criteria could be any one of the following:
- Conditions exist where affected residents could be or have the potential to be in immediate danger
- There is a potential for serious risk to life and property
- Notification could aid in the apprehension of a criminal suspect
- Notification could aid in the safe return of a lost child
- Notification could aid in the safe return of a mentally, physically or emotionally challenged individual or an elderly patient (walk away from a nursing facility).
All you have to do is answer your land line telephone. All residents of the county with a published telephone number are already listed in our Reverse 911 system. However, anyone that has a cell phone needs to provide your number here and mail it to Lake County Emergency Management Agency, 8505 Garfield Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060. All information sent to us either via email or regular mail is confidential, and will not be shared with any one else. It is important that this information is shared with us, so that we may keep you safe in times of emergency.
- NOAA weather radio -is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- News media sources—radio, television and cable. Tune in for information and forecasts.
- Emergency Alert System (EAS) broadcasts on the radio or television.
Emergency Alert System Stations:
WTAM 1100 AM WCPN 90.3 FM
WKYC TV 3 WEWS TV 5 WJW TV 8 WOIO TV 19 WVIZ TV 25 WUAB TV 43
- Residential route alerting—messages announced to neighborhoods from vehicles equipped with public address systems.