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Contact: Sarah McKenzie, 612-673-2786

Seven new severe weather sirens installed in and around downtown Minneapolis

July 18, 2017 (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:

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:




Published Jul 18, 2017



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