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FAQ: About our outdoor warning sirens.
01/05/2020

The 5-siren outdoor warning system emits a steady, loud noise to alert Lockhart residents who are outdoors of impending severe weather and/or chemical emergencies. If you are outside when you hear that noise, you are urged to move indoors and seek shelter on the lowest floor and an interior room with no windows and seek additional information from local TV or radio stations.   

The siren activates in the following scenarios :

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Tornado Warning.
  •  The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and indicates the potential for destructive winds of 70 mph or greater.
  • Observed hail of 1.5 inches in diameter (ping pong ball size) or greater.
  •  Any observed weather condition, which is judged to be hazardous to people and early warning would potentially save lives.
  • Chemical emergencies.


THE SIREN IS TESTED MONTHLY

The sirens are tested on the first Monday of each month at 1 p.m. Sirens will not be tested during a severe weather event or if a special event is being held. Canceled tests will not be rescheduled.

 

HOW TO RECEIVE INDOOR WARNINGS

The siren system is not intended to notify residents who are already indoors. We encourage you to sign up for the Warn Central Texas Notification System. This is a Regional Notification System developed for Central Texas and administered by the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). The warning system will notify citizens of Lockhart by phone call, text or email for emergencies such as; Tornados, severe weather, flooding, and local emergency information.

You may register to receive the free emergency alerts or community information via text, e-mail, or phone at warncentraltexas.org

For questions regarding the new system or siren testing, please contact City Hall at (512) 398-3461 or the Police Department at (512) 398-4401.  Click here  for a map of the siren coverage.


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