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Outdoor Warning Sirens

For the safety of Elk River residents, the City of Elk River has installed 19 outdoor warning sirens. Located strategically throughout the city, the sirens are intended to warn people who are outdoors of an imminent threat to safety.

Severe Weather Warnings
For severe weather warnings, outdoor warning siren activation in Elk River is based on the following criteria:

  • When a Tornado Warning has been issued for the City of Elk River
  • When a public safety officer (police, fire or EMS) reports sighting a funnel cloud or tornado
  • Sustained straight line winds in excess of 75 mph or potential for same

When Sirens are Activated
  • Seek shelter immediately
  • Tune in to a local radio or television station for information concerning the siren activation
  • Do not call emergency services dispatch (911) to ask why the sirens are sounding

Siren Testing
The siren warning system is tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. except in instances of threatening weather.

To inquire about a siren in your neighborhood or to report a malfunction, please contact the Division of Emergency Management.