Outdoor Warning Sirens
The City of Azle tests their outdoor warning siren system the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. These tests will be conducted only if no emergency or threatening weather exists at the time. There are six sirens located throughout the city; Charles St, Shoreline Dr, Jackson Trail (Cross Timbers Elementary), South Stewart (Cross Timbers Golf Course), 1000 Stribling Dr (Shady Grove Park) and SH730 N & Commerce St (Azle Water Tower).
An Outdoor Warning System consists of multiple sirens designed to alert and notify citizens of emergencies in “OUTDOOR AREAS”. In Azle, residents can be exposed to a variety of emergencies, including weather related events such as tornadoes or flooding, hazardous materials accidents and other catastrophic events. The Outdoor Warning Sirens will be used in the event the public needs to be notified of these situations. This is why we don't simply call them "tornado sirens".
Citizens that are indoors should not mistakenly wait to hear a siren as their only source of warning information; turn on a television, radio or NOAA Weather radio for more specific community-related information.
Any of the following are factors to consider as minimum activation guidelines for the City of Azle:
1. The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning or Severe Thunderstorm Warning with the phrase “Destructive winds in excess of 73 mph (or higher) are likely with this storm” in your immediate area.
2. Reported hail of 1” in diameter or greater.
3. Any other emergency as directed by the community’s elected officials.
Remember! Just because the sirens are no longer sounding, does NOT mean the danger has passed! Sirens are activated to alert people outside to seek shelter, once an individual seeks shelter, they need to listen carefully to the instructions from the media and/or from your personal indoor warning system for the "all clear".
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What do I do when I hear the Outdoor Warning System?
Should an actual emergency occur, all sirens will sound at a steady wail. Remain calm, go inside and seek shelter immediately; turn to a local television or radio station for further news and instructions, or listen to your Personal Indoor Notification System.
Note: In the Azle area WBAP Radio, 820 AM, is the designated Emergency Alert System (EAS) station. Most other radio and television stations will also broadcast information regarding emergencies.
Listen carefully to the instructions from the media and from your personal indoor warning system. Take whatever action is necessary to protect yourself and your family. Unless told otherwise, stay indoors until the emergency has ended.
And most importantly, only call 9-1-1 if you are reporting a life-threatening situation or hazardous condition. Please do not call the Azle Police or Fire Department, or 911 to inquire if there is an emergency. Phone lines need to be free to handle calls regarding the dangerous situations and life-threatening conditions unfolding should an emergency be in progress.