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A few facts about Rugby’s siren warning system

By Staff | Sep 12, 2011

Matt Lunde, Pierce County Sheriff and emergency manager, would like to inform residents of Rugby on a few facts about the city’s siren warning system.

The system is designed to warn residents in case of an emergency, especially in regard to severe weather situations. In recent weeks, Sheriff Lunde has worked to get emergency shelter signage on the main shelters located in Rugby.

These buildings include the courthouse basement, City Hall, Rugby Armory, and the Memorial Hall. These locations are for anyone who is a resident or non-resident of Rugby and in need of shelter in case of an emergency. The signs are quite visible, with a white background and black lettering.

In the event of an emergency, the key holders to these locations are contacted and they are opened for anyone seeking shelter during an emergency.

The siren systems in Rugby are activated by the Pierce County Law Enforcement Center (L.E.C.) after they receive a report of an emergency. When a fire call is dispatched, the siren cycles with a high/low pitch, twice. During the case of a tornado, a long, steady siren is set to announce it is a tornado and anyone hearing this should take immediate shelter in the basement of their house, lowest point in their building and cover with a mattress (if possible), or in one of the emergency shelters located in the city. Areas outside of the city should make sure to monitor their local radio stations in the case of an emergency, especially during the event of severe weather.

All people should use caution and common sense when dealing with an emergency situation. Always remain calm, have a plan and discuss the plan with others in your household. Be aware of your safety and the safety of others.

For questions on where to go during an emergency or the locations of emergency shelters in the city, contact the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department at 701-776-5245.

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