The City of West Fargo's outdoor warning sirens are spread throughout the City to adequately cover all outdoor areas. The sirens are intended to warn citizens who are outside to seek indoor shelter because of an imminent threats such as tornadoes or chemical releases.
The sirens are not intended to be heard by or adequately warn people who are indoors. To stay alert while indoors, people are urged to obtain weather radios, use apps on their phones, and pay attention to television and local radio stations for up-to-date weather or incident information.
Testing the sirens
The Red River Regional Dispatch Center tests the activation of the siren system at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. This test allows the City to detect any faults and errors with the sirens and system.
In the case of an incident, local first responders may initiate the need to sound the sirens. In the case of weather-related events, the sirens activate based on confirmation from weather spotters in the local area or through confirmation from the National Weather Service.
When the sirens are activated you should immediately take shelter indoors and listen to your local radio station, a weather radio, or local television stations for guidance and instructions.