Outdoor Warning Sirens
The outdoor warning siren system consists of 10 large outdoor warning sirens located throughout the City of North Richland Hills. These sirens are activated and emit a steady tone when there is an immediate danger from a tornado, national security threat or environmental hazard.
- The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning or Severe Thunderstorm Warning with the phrase "Destructive winds in excess of 70 mph (or higher) are likely with this storm" for your immediate area.
- Trained spotters have reported a tornado in the jurisdiction, or in a neighboring jurisdiction that has the potential to affect North Richland Hills.
- Reported hail of 1.25' in diameter or greater. (1 inch may be more appropriate for areas or events where large numbers of people are outdoors)
- Other emergency as directed by the community's elected officials.
How to React
The sirens are designed to warn people who are outside to go inside and seek information from local news stations. Due to the efficiency of modern homes you may not hear the sirens in your home. The City of North Richland Hills recommends residents sign up for severe weather phone/text alerts at www.nrhtx.com/alerts or have another form of severe weather notification in place such as a NOAA all hazards alert radio or weather alert application on your mobile phone. An all hazards alert radio can cost anywhere from $20 to $50 at many local drugstores or electronics retailers. These alert radios automatically turn on to notify you of hazards in your area.
Citizens are encouraged to turn their television or radio to a locally broadcast channel or station to determine what hazardous situation exist when they receive a warning from any of these methods.