Emergency Management

Find answers to your Emergency Management questions!

Does the City of Fairfield have any type of early warning system in place?
Yes, there are six warning sirens in place around the City.

Under what circumstances does the City activate the warnings?
The present system is used to warn of impending severe weather conditions that threaten our area. Below is a list of possible scenarios where the warning will be used when:

  • National Weather Service (NWS) has detected a severe thunderstorm, containing winds of 55 mph or greater and/or hail of one inch or greater, that will impact Fairfield or its surrounding areas.
  • NWS has detected the possibility of a tornado that will impact Fairfield or surrounding areas.
  • Trained weather spotters of the surrounding areas see something that can pose a threat to the citizens of Fairfield or the immediate surrounding areas
  • Person in charge of reviewing radar data feels that a storm could pose a threat to the citizens of Fairfield

What is the closest early warning device to my home or business?
The six warning sirens have been placed around Fairfield affording all areas with adequate warning. Towers are located:

  1. East side of City Hall
  2. City Barn on Love Street
  3. City Park, near the Rodeo Arena on Oak Street
  4. Behind Dogan School on South Bateman
  5. West side of IH 45 just south of US 84
  6. Beside the Chamber of Commerce on FM 27

What should I do if I hear the early warning siren?
When the sirens are activated, additional information will be provided as soon as possible on our local radio, or NOAA radio. Soon we will have an AM radio broadcast station to broadcast our own warnings. We will update you when this is available.

If you are inside and hear the sirens, stay inside! The purpose of the emergency sirens is to notify those of us that are outside to seek shelter inside immediately. Stay off the telephone (cell phones and land lines), turn on local radio or television (Dallas or Waco channels generally indicate warnings for this area) to get more information on the hazardous condition.

Also, be aware that we conduct a test of the warning system on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:00 AM. If we expect severe weather during these times, we will not activate the sirens but wait until the next clear day to do our tests.

What is the difference between a “Warning” and “Watch”?
A watch means that the conditions exist for the formation of the particular weather phenomenon in the area. A warning means that the weather phenomenon has been sighted and is occurring or is indicated by weather radar. During the existence of a warning, it is recommended that you take immediate action to protect yourself.

What makes a thunderstorm considered “severe”?
A thunderstorm is classified as SEVERE where it contains one or more of the following criteria:

  • Hail ¾ inch or greater
  • Winds gusting in excess of 58 mph
  • A tornado

A typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes. There are 1800 thunderstorms at any given moment around the world. Of the estimated 100,000 thunderstorms that occur in the United States, about 10 percent are classified as SEVERE.

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