Local Severe Weather Warning System
Knowing how to protect you and your family during severe weather is extremely important. Every household should have an Emergency Plan for any possible emergency such as fire, earthquakes or severe weather.
Severe thunderstorms can cause as much damage as a tornado and should be treated with equal seriousness. Tornadoes often form inside severe thunderstorms. When a severe thunderstorm approaches, you should take the same precautions as in the event of a tornado.
Prepare an emergency kit and keep it in a well-known place in your home before an emergency happens. This kit should contain at a minimum: batteries, flashlights, battery operated radio, first aid kit, and bottled water.
In the Cities of Munford and Atoka, Civil Defense Sirens are sounded in the event of severe weather. When these sirens are sounded, no time should be wasted in activating your family emergency plan and taking cover. Do not call to investigate the siren warning!! Conditions that warrant the sounding of the siren include: actual sighting of a tornado in line of the city, severe thunderstorm warnings by the National Weather Service where tornadic activity or very high winds are present, or when in the opinion of the Munford-Atoka Fire Department sufficient danger is present to warn the public to take cover.
The tornado sirens are activated when Tipton County is under a Tornado Warning. This does not mean a tornado has been sighted, but that conditions are favorable for sever weather. The Emergency Management Agency requires the sirens be activated during the entire time the warning is in effect. The weather is monitored very closely as are the latest bulletins from the National Weather Service. Do not take the activation of the sirens lightly. Please take cover and monitor television and radio stations for current updates.
Civil Defense sirens are intended to be heard by anyone who is outside so they can seek shelter. Do not depend solely on tornado sirens for your protection; new building codes make houses more sound-proof, and the direction of the blowing wind can affect your ability to hear the sirens.
Always put YOUR SAFETY first in the event of a severe weather situation. Property and possessions can be replaced.