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Bedford, TX Office of Emergency Management
Tuesday April 26th, 2011 :: 05:08 p.m. CDT


Outdoor Warning Sirens alert folks outdoors of approaching safety threat - more info at BOEM

Outdoor Warning Sirens (OWS) are primarily used to warn citizens of approaching severe weather conditions while outdoors. However, they are also used for other emergencies such as a hazardous chemical spill which may require Staying Put or Evacuating . People visiting our parks, in their yard, or at other outdoor locations in the city would hear the loud sound from the OWS with their next step getting more information from the local radio and television broadcasts.

The Outdoor Warning Sirens are activated by the emergency management staff based on the following criteria:

**First Wednesday System Test – 1300 Hours weather permitting
**The National Weather Service issues a “Tornado Warning” that would include the city of Bedford;
**The National Weather Service issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning with the phrase "Destructive winds in excess of 70 mph (or higher) are likely with this storm" that would include the city of Bedford;
**Critical information from reliable resources such as the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (R.A.C.E.S.) and/or emergency management authorities from neighboring cities possibly leading into a life threatening situation or “Warning” that would affect the city of Bedford;
**Reported hail of 1.25 (one inch or smaller may be used for areas or events where large numbers of people are outdoors);
**Other life threatening emergencies that would affect the city of Bedford requiring public outdoor warning.

Again, Outdoor Warning Sirens (OWS) are designed to alert people who are OUTSIDE of a structure that pending and/or immediate danger is approaching our city and to seek information by ‘tuning in’ to their radio or television. Even though the outdoor warning sirens can be loud enough to be heard inside some nearby structures, they are NOT intended to warn people indoors. The National Weather Service (NWS) highly recommends an All Hazard (Weather) Radios as an INDOOR ALERT WARNING method. The radio would sound an alarm, delivering message of early warning or important information.

Please visit Bedford Fire Department Web page for additional information

Thank you - BOEM

Bedford, TX Office of Emergency Management
1816 Bedford Rd
Bedford, TX 76021

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 817-952-2500

Rick Nash

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