Seven new severe weather sirens installed in and around downtown Minneapolis
Minneapolis has seven new 45-foot high severe weather sirens in and around downtown to meet a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guideline that the sound of the sirens exceed the ambient noise level by at least 10 decibels.
The new siren locations are:
- 2039 Franklin Ave. E.
- 10 25th St. W.
- 1201 22nd St. E.
- 1509 Linden Ave. W.
- 201 Royalston Ave. N.
- 201 Island Ave. E.
- Northeast corner of Hennepin Avenue South and Oak Grove Street.
These complement four existing sirens in and around downtown. The seven new sirens will bring 60 percent of the downtown area up to the FEMA guideline’s level. This fall, another set of 15 smaller sirens on top of traffic signal poles will bring downtown up to 100 percent coverage.
Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2013 with 42 sirens around the city.
What to do when you hear the sirens
For severe weather warnings, outdoor warning siren activation in Hennepin County is based on the following criteria:
- Tornado warning, and/or sustained straight line winds in excess of 70 mph.
- Outdoor warning sirens are meant to be heard outside. The system is not designed to provide notification inside homes or businesses.
- When sirens sound, people should always seek shelter and tune to local weather information on radio, television or NOAA Weather Radio for more information.
- The threat of severe weather does not stop when the sirens stop. Residents should continue to shelter and stay tuned to local weather information on radio, television or NOAA Weather Radios for the duration of the warning period.
People who are in their vehicles when the sirens sound should seek shelter immediately. The safest place to be is in a sturdy building on the lowest level away from windows. If there is not a building nearby and a tornado is approaching, people should quickly get as far away from the road and cars as possible and lie in a low area covering their heads with their arms. They should stay away from overpasses as the bridge may collapse or create a wind tunnel with debris.
Published Jul 18, 2017