When do tornado sirens activate?
Erie County emergency management director Tim Jonovich provided the following answer:
The Erie County severe weather warning sirens are tested on the first day of every month at noon The steady tone test lasts for approximately three minutes. We also do a three-minute test during tornado safety awareness week.
The county sirens are activated any time there is a:
• Tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service
• A reported sighting of a tornado/funnel cloud by public safety personnel.
• Multiple reports of property damage or injuries caused by severe storms/tornado/funnel cloud.
As far as other counties testing:
• Huron County:
• Ottawa County tests sirens the first Friday of the month at noon for 1 minute. They also do a 3-minute test during tornado safety awareness week and an annual 3-minute sounding of the Davis-Besse sirens at noon on Friday in the middle of October.
• Lorain County: No set schedule each city does its own testing.
• Sandusky County: Tests sirens the first Saturday of every month at noon for a 3-minute steady tone for this.