The Adopt-a-Siren Program is being initiated in Douglas County to increase public awareness and interest in the Outdoor Warning Siren system. The program also allows for more accurate and efficient monitoring of the system by interested citizens.
By volunteering to be an outdoor warning siren observer, we hope to receive feedback from you if you witness faulty or abnormal siren activation based on your visual and audible observations. We want to thank you for your interest in the Adopt – a – Siren Program and your willingness to volunteer as a neighborhood outdoor warning siren observer.
What is involved?
As a neighborhood outdoor warning siren observer, it is anticipated that you will have the ability to visually see and hear the siren you “adopt” on most days the sirens are tested. Douglas County tests the Outdoor Warning Siren System on the first Wednesday of each month during the tornado season, typically March through October. The sirens are activated at approximately 11:00 AM for three minutes in which they rotate in circular fashion. If abnormal or faulty siren behavior is observed during a siren test or any other activation, or if you witness a condition that may put the siren at risk of functioning properly (such as a leaning pole or obstructing tree limbs), please report your observations and concerns to us as soon as possible.
Although it would be helpful, you do not have to report on a siren that is operating correctly.
To provide accurate observations we desire that you be out-of-doors when you make your observations and your observing position be no more than 1/4 mile from the siren of interest. Never put yourself or anyone at risk of physical harm when attempting to observe or report siren activation.
Each siren has a number painted on the control box located on the siren pole. When enrolling in the program we require that you first personally verify the siren number on the control box for the siren you are going to adopt and then enroll in the program.
What is the commitment?
When you enroll in the Adopt-a-Siren Program as a volunteer outdoor warning siren observer, it is assumed that you will be able to witness siren activation for most of the monthly tests. Although anyone can inform the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency of a siren malfunction at any time, enrollment in the Adopt-a-Siren Program allows us to contact you should we have a concern or want additional information regarding a specific siren. We are enrolling up to five volunteer observers for each siren.
Each year in the January-February timeframe, we will contact all enrollees via email to verify that they still desire to be in the program as a volunteer observer. If we are unable to reach you or if you do not respond at the email address we have for you, we will cancel your enrollment and seek a new enrollee to participate.
Most all communications between DCEMA and the enrolled volunteer siren observers will be via email but there may be situations that require us to reach you by phone.
Enrollees should know that their email addresses will not be released to outside entities or interested parties. This program is voluntary in nature and incurs no legal obligations whatsoever on behalf of or for the enrolled observers, Douglas County or any other participant.
How do I enroll as a volunteer observer in the Adopt-a-Siren program?
Fill out the registration form.