The fire department is responsible to oversee the City of Nevada’s outdoor warning system. This system is comprised of four strategically located sirens in town. These sirens are sounded by the Story County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center, and are activated upon a TORNADO WARNING for Story County. Tornado warnings are received from the Des Moines office of the National Weather Service. Our sirens can also be activated at the request of the police department, fire department, or emergency management.
The outdoor warning system was upgrade in the spring of 2007 with the addition of two new sirens. These new sirens are located at 15th Street and M Avenue, and 1st Street and J Avenue. These sirens replaced an old siren at 5th Street and N Avenue that was put in sometime in the early 1970’s. Existing sirens are located at SW 4th Street and Maple Avenue and South 11th Street and South B Avenue.
This system of sirens located throughout town is designed to provide OUTDOOR WARNING of severe weather only. This system is not intended to be heard inside a structure. The Nevada Community Fire Department recommends the purchase of commercially available all hazards radios for your protection inside your home, work, or school. You can also receive severe weather information via the radio, television, the internet, and on your cellular phone, depending upon your cellular phone provider.