Outdoor Warning Sirens

COMMUNITY WARNING SIRENThere are 8 "0UTDOOR WARNING SIRENS" located throughout the City of Franklin. The siren(s) will be activated under the following conditions.

  • When the National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning for the area.
  • When a tornado or funnel cloud is observed by Law Enforcement, fire service or a trained weather spotter.
  • When the National Weather Service issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning on top of an existing Tornado Watch.


  • Why are they called outdoor warning sirens?
    The sirens are called outdoor warning sirens because their primary purpose is to alert people who are outside to severe weather or other emergencies. The system is not designed to provide notification inside of your home or business. You should rely on a weather alert radio for notification inside of your home or business.
  • What should I do if I hear an outdoor warning siren?
    If you hear an outdoor warning siren you should seek shelter inside immediately. Once inside, you should turn on a television or radio to learn further information. Local officials will be disseminating information about the emergency through these outlets. DO NOT CALL EMERGENCY SERVICES DISPATCH (911) TO ASK WHY THE SIRENS ARE SOUNDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
  • When should I expect to hear an outdoor warning siren?
    The outdoor warning sirens are tested every Friday at 11:00 a.m. to ensure they are working properly. The sirens produce a loud steady wail sound.

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