The New Haven Emergency Management Agency is headed by Michael Bumgarner. EMA has representation from New Haven police, fire and ambulance services, including Police Chief Dan Terry, Chris Kemper, Julius Gatzemeyer Public Works Director, Fire Chief Wayne Carl and Captain Nathan Strubberg, New Haven-Berger Fire District and Ambulance District director Chris Miller.
If you have an emergency, please call 911. For questions related to EMA, please call City Hall at 237-2349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SIRENS WHAT THEY MEAN
3 minute steady siren means Tornado seek shelter immediately
Winding Up and Down Siren 30 second intervals severe thunderstorm warning There is no longer an all clear signal
Tornados and Severe Weather
STORM SEASON: Most tornados occur between March and September, but they can strike at any time, day or night. Stay alert during severe thunderstorms. Watch for a spinning, funnel-shaped cloud or listen for a sound like the roar of a speeding train. Wherever you go, be aware of where you might take shelter. .
WATCH/Warning: Know the difference between a Tornado WATCH and a Tornado WARNING. A WATCH means "Watch" the sky. Weather conditions are right for tornados. A WARNING means a tornado has been sighted or picked up on radar -TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY. Remember Watch means Watch the Sky. Warning means TAKE COVER!
MOBILE HOME: Even the most securely anchored mobile home is not safe in a tornado. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, leave your mobile home immediately. Move to a nearby permanent shelter or take cover in a ditch or ravine. Don't get under your mobile home or try to outrun the tornado in your car.
ON THE ROAD: If you are caught on the road in a tornado, leave your car immediately. Don't try to drive away from the storm. If you have time, get inside a building. If not, lie flat in a ditch or ravine and cover your head with your arms. Don't take cover under the car.
AT HOME: If you are home when a tornado strikes, go to your basement and take cover. If you don't have one, go to an interior room on the lowest floor, like a closet or a bathroom with no windows. It's vital to stay away from windows. Don't take the time to open them before taking cover. If you live in a mobile home, go outside and lie in a ditch or ravine.
OUTSIDE: If you're caught outside in a tornado, take cover in a ditch or ravine immediately. Lie flat with your arms over your head. If you can, wrap something around your body like a blanket or sleeping bag. Do NOT get under your car or camper or go into a grove of trees. Knowing what to do in a tornado can save your life.
SAFETY DRILLS: Do you know what to do if a tornado threatens your school, factory or office? In a tornado, take cover against a wall in the center of the building, below ground level if possible. Stay away from windows and avoid large open spaces like auditoriums and cafeterias. If there are no tornado drills at your school or office, suggest them. Safety drills can save lives.
LIGHTNING -WHAT TO DO: If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, get inside a building or a car. If you must stay outside, keep away from metal, like golf cars, motorcycles, fences, metal lines or pipes. Stay below ground level, away from hilltops, open beaches or fields. And most importantly stay away from open water.
LIGHTNING - STAY INSIDE Each year lightning kills more Americans than tornados or hurricanes. Most of these deaths happen outside. If you are inside a building, or even a car, your chances of being struck by lightning are slim. Stay on top of weather conditions when planning camping trips, swimming, fishing, or other outdoor activities.
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