The Grand Forks Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) 911 Center reminds residents that severe summer storms can cause serious personal injury or property damage.
Local radio stations and the Midcontinent Cable TV system are both linked directly to the Emergency Alert System (EAS)- and you will be given any additional safety instructions through those media outlets. In addition, have a plan - determine where you would go in the event of a tornado - your basement, interior room with no windows, or another location, such as a friend or neighbor with a safe room.
Emergency sirens in Grand Forks are used to warn residents who are outside to seek immediate shelter because of impending severe weather conditions. The sirens are NOT intended to warn people indoors. The siren will sound for a 3 minute duration and may be sounded more than once during an event.
There are 5 reasons the sirens may be sounded:
1) A tornado warning has been issued in Grand Forks (or the surrounding area) by the National Weather Service.
2) A funnel cloud has been spotted near the city of Grand Forks.
3) A "wall cloud," which can produce a tornado, is near or moving toward Grand Forks.
4) Straight-line winds have be clocked in excess of 70 mph in the Grand Forks area.
5) To alert the public of an imminent threat to the community.
The Grand Forks city sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year. The sirens will sound at 1:00 p.m. throughout the city to make sure all are working properly.
This map shows the locations of the 2 storm shelters in the City of Grand Forks. These two storm shelters will be opened during a Tornado Warning.