“They’re not designed to be heard inside,” Bailey said. “They’re designed to warn people who are outside mowing the yard or playing athletic events.”
Sirens sound for three minutes to issue a tornado warning.
“If you hear the siren go off, it means to seek shelter and stay tuned to additional information,” Bailey said. “When the sirens go off, it does not mean there is an all clear.”
Simple precautions make a difference, like wearing shoes to avoid being hurt by broken glass or weather, a bicycle helmet to protect your head if you do not have a storm shelter.
As always, avoid approaching downed power lines.