Spring in the Chagrin Valley brings lots of changes. Most of these changes are welcomed and appreciated. However, with springtime in northeast Ohio comes the increased risks associated with severe weather. The members of the Orange Village Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind you of several steps you can take to ensure your safety as well as the safety of those you love.
We all understand that tornadoes can develop quickly and with little time to alert our residents. For that reason we would like to advise you on the best means to be prepared for alerts when these dangerous events take place.
Orange Village does not have a dedicated network of tornado sirens. Depending on where you live you may be able to hear some of the sirens in Solon or Chagrin Falls. However, these sirens are not meant to alert occupants inside the home. Their sole purpose is to encourage those outside to seek shelter. Generally speaking the tornado sirens are activated by emergency dispatch centers. The Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center will immediately post an update on their Facebook page when they activate local sirens. By subscribing to this social media outlet, our residents can quickly access the specific reason for the activated sirens in their area.
Another avenue and possibly your best alternative is your cellular phone. Both Iphone and Android phones are able to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) which are issued by Governmental agencies including the National Weather Service and FEMA. Some phones are shipped with these notifications already turned on. However, to ensure that your phone is able to receive these notifications follow these steps:
- Open Settings
- Scroll down to Government Alerts (make sure they are turned on)
- Open Messages
- Click top right – opens settings
- Emergency Alert Settings
The benefits of activating these notifications are compounded by the fact that these notifications travel with you. So if you are vacationing out of state you will receive alerts specific to your current location.
Code Red is a village provided service that will text, email and/or auto call our residents for certain emergencies. However, it is not typically used for severe weather notifications due to the immediacy required for these notifications. Code Red is utilized for other critical events such as street closures, water main breaks and boil alerts. We highly recommend that you subscribe to this service if you have not already done so. Click on the CodeRed bar on the picture above.