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Lake County, Ohio - EMA



    Outdoor Sirens

    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.

    VESTA Alert

    In 2016, the Lake County Emergency Management Agency upgraded our Reverse911 system to help notify our citizens during times of emergency. This new system, known as VESTA Alert, has the capability of reaching Lake County citizens with important emergency information through automated voice calls, text messages and e-mails.  These messages will include important information along with instructions on what to do during the emergency. 

    Specific criteria has been designated for the use of this VESTA Alert 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).

    In order to receive this important information, all you have to do is make sure you’re registered in our database.  All residents of Lake County with a published telephone number are already listed in our VESTA Alert system.  However, anyone that has a cell phone and wishes to receive calls, text messages or emails needs to provide their information here

    All information provided to the Lake County EMA via the self-registration portal is confidential and will not be shared with anyone for any reason.  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.