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Outdoor Warning Sirens – Frequently Asked Questions



(This document was originally written by NOAA for the Quad Cities Area and re-published by Kane County Connects)

  1. What does it mean when I hear the outdoor warning sirens?

In short, it means that something life-threatening is happening and you should go indoors and get more information. The specific guidelines (tornado, hail, wind, etc.) for sounding sirens varies by jurisdiction, so check with your local community [in Maple Park’s case, it would be the Maple Park & Countryside Fire Protection District] to find out the specifics if you are interested.

  1. What should I do when I hear the outdoor warning sirens?

When the sirens are heard, go inside and tune to your local media to get more information.

  1. Why can’t I hear the outdoor warning sirens in my house?

Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching.

  1. How can I get alerts when I’m at work or in my house?

For alerts indoors, every home and business should have a NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards. NOAA Weather Radio is like a smoke detector for severe weather, and it can wake you up when a warning is issued for your area so you can take appropriate action.

  1. When are outdoor warning sirens tested?

Sirens are tested according to local community or state policies. In the Quad Cities, this is on the first Tuesday of each month. Check with your local officials to get the specific day for your community [Maple Park is the first Tuesday of every month. The siren will only be sounded for tornado warnings where Maple Park is in listed as in the path of the warned storm. We sound it for three minutes during an actual tornado warning and for one minute for a test].

  1. Why don’t the outdoor warning sirens sound an all-clear signal?

People should be indoors and monitoring local media for updates on the storm.

  1. Why are the outdoor warning sirens sometimes sounded for hail and wind?

When thunderstorm winds exceed 70 mph, trees can be uprooted or snapped. Hail that is golf ball size or larger can break windows. Both these pose a direct risk to like if people are caught outdoors. An increasing number of communities (including the Quad Cities area) are incorporating warning sire policies [This includes Maple Park].

  1. How often can I expect the outdoor warning sirens to sound for severe weather?

On average, the Quad Cities area experience 5 storms each year that meet the common siren guidelines. You can find information about past storms and their frequency in your community through the National Climatic Data Center.

  1. Will outdoor warning sirens warn me of every dangerous storm?

The safest approach is to be proactive and use all the information available to protect yourself and your family from threatening weather. Nothing can replace common sense. If a storm is approaching, the lightning alone is a threat. Sirens are only one part of a warning system that includes preparation, NOAA Weather Radio, and local media.

  1. Who activates the outdoor warning sirens?

Sirens are typically activated by the city or county officials, usually a police or fire department, or emergency management personnel. Check with your city or county officials to learn more [In Maple Park, the Fire District activates the sirens].

  1. Does the National Weather Service recommend guidelines for sounding the outdoor warning sirens?

Nationally, no. However, the local NWS office in the Quad Cities partnered with local emergency managers to develop the recommended siren guidelines that have since been adopted by many local communities.

  1. Why does the Quad City area have a common guideline for sounding warning sirens?

When life-threatening weather is approaching, minutes or even seconds could make a difference. If people are unsure or confused about an alert, they may not respond quickly or appropriately. By adopting common outdoor warning system guidelines, confusion will be eliminated, response time will be reduced, and lives will be saved. Throughout the Quad City area, communities have adopted a common protocol for sounding their outdoor warning systems (sirens) [as has Maple Park]. Quad City Siren Guideline Page.

  1. Where can I get more information?

Check out these resources:


Original Post, National Weather Service

Kane County Recycling Event

Please see the flier below for Kane County’s next recycling event for document shredding and collection of latex paint, aerosols, small propane tanks, and child car seats (Saturday, October 8th 8am-noon, 540 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles) attached. The event information is also on their website here. Please note, this will be the last County Recycling event at the Circuit Clerk’s building in 2022, though we are planning a couple of smaller events – pumpkin composting and campaign sign recycling both to come in November.

NOTE: They are looking for volunteers to help with this event! online sign-up here

Requirements are 16+ years old, under 18 must have signed parental permission, and must be able to commit 2.5 hours or more on the 8th. All PPE and refreshments are provided for volunteers throughout the event. I can sign off on hours for various programs. October 2022 Event Flier (1047 downloads )



Kane County will bring in shredder trucks that shred on site. Any Kane County resident may bring up to four (4) standard size bankers boxes (or an equivalent amount) of residentially generated confidential documents for free shredding. Material can be brought in paper bags or reusable totes, but please avoid plastic bags, if possible.

For more information, go to Kane County Recycles.


Standing Together with Highland Park, Illinois

Standing with the Community of Highland Park

Credit to: Kane County Connects Staff and the Kane County States Attorneys office website and Facebook page 7/5/2022 8:00AM

We stand together as a community with Highland Park and the tragedy that they suffered today. On a day that should have been about family and celebrating our country, we instead saw senseless violence that will forever scar our lives. This is a time that we need to band together to stop this violence and to heal as a community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those that lost a loved one. A special thanks to the members of law enforcement that put themselves in harms way to protect others and to get this suspect in custody. 

Our hearts are heavy as we stand in support and solidarity with the community of Highland Park following today’s violence during the Independence Day parade.
Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, are injured, and traumatized by yet another disturbing act of violence. Whether you are directly impacted or you are struggling to make sense of the senseless, you are not alone.
Know the signs and don’t hesitate to take action.
Resources for Mental Health Crises and Emotional Support:
Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-800-985-5990: Spanish-speakers should press ‘2’ for 24/7 bilingual support. Calls are answered by staff who are trained in helping people through large traumatic scale events including mass shootings.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – bilingual operators are available. If you or a loved one are feeling suicidal or are experiencing an acute mental health crisis, do not hesitate to call. If you are or a loved one are in imminent danger, please call 911.
Illinois Call4Calm Text Line is available 24/7 by texting the word ‘TALK’ (or ‘HABLAR’) to 552020. You will be connected to trained mental health personnel in your own community. Participation is anonymous – your first name and zip code are requested in order to connect you to the support you need.
The NAMI HelpLine, 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) is open 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday. You will speak with trained volunteer who will listen, answer questions, and help you find local resources. Visit our interactive map to find any of our 19 Illinois NAMI affiliates
In the Highland Park area our closes affiliates are: NAMI Lake County and NAMI Cook County North Suburban and NAMI Barrington Area.
The Illinois Warm Line is available for caring support for mental health and/or substance use challenges at 866-359-7953. Monday-Friday 8 to 5, except holidays.
The National Association of School Psychologists offers practical tips for educators and parents in talking to children about violence, starting with reassuring youth that they are safe in this moment.​

Credit to: Kane County Connects Staff and the Kane County States Attorneys office website and Facebook page 7/5/2022 8:00AM

Kane County Recycling Event

Recycle Electronics like Christmas lights, computers, keyboards, laptops, printers, televisions (any size or age), stereos, cell phones, microwaves, and more. They unload for you! A complete list of acceptable items can be found by clicking here.computer

No hazardous waste or large household appliances.