WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — With a round of strong to severe storms Wednesday night, emergency officials in Sauk County are pleading with people: do not depend on hearing an outdoor siren to keep you safe.
“I had someone say to me, and I cringed, they said, ‘The tornado siren is going to wake me up,'” Sauk County emergency manager Jeff Jelinek said. “No. Those are designed for outdoor warning only. A tornado siren is not designed to wake you up when you’re sleeping in your bed, so you’ve got to have some sort of mechanism — whether it’s a weather radio, an app on your phone, some sort of system in place.”
Jelinek says that’s especially true for overnight storms.
“I can’t stress that enough, with the timing of this coming through, that’s so important.”