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Don't call 911: Tornado sirens are sounding in Hubbard County as a precaution

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The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office-Emergency Management would like to remind citizens of the following Civil Defense & Emergency Weather Sirens information.

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As a reminder, the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office will be activating the sirens in the event the National Weather Service (NWS) publishes a Severe Weather Warning, Tornado Warning, or Tornado Watch. The appropriate sirens for the affected cities will be activated.

When the sirens sound, they are for real emergencies, the potential for severe weather, or on the first Wednesdays of each month for testing purposes - and they are designed to warn people who are outdoors to seek immediate shelter in a sturdy building.

If the sirens do sound, please DO NOT call the Hubbard County Sheriffs office, Park Rapids Police, or 9-1-1 to ask what's going on, or 'why are the sirens going off.' Please tune your radio, TV, or internet to your local weather information stations such as The Weather Channel, Weather.com, or any local radio station.

Due to the weather conditions during the storm events, on-duty dispatchers simply can not answer high call volume inquiring about the sirens and properly coordinate fire, rescue, medical, and law enforcement personnel for emergency situations. We strongly ask for your cooperation, and encourage your personal safety during severe weather events.

As a reminder remember:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch conditions are conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - a severe thunderstorm has actually been observed by spotters or indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

Tornado Watch - conditions are conducive to the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

Tornado Warning - a tornado has actually been sighted by spotters or indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

Any questions or concerns please contact Hubbard County Sheriff's Office-Emergency Management at 218-732-2588.

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