Lebanon Fire Department
Tornado Siren Information

SOP for Tornado Siren Testing/Activation


To establish guidelines for activation of the Emergency Warning Sirens throughout the City of Lebanon. Warning sirens are to alert citizens of a severe weather event and prompt them to pursue further information via radio or television.


  1. Thunderstorm Warning: a severe thunderstorm has been detected by radar or a trained spotter
  2. Tornado Watch: conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.
  3. Tornado Warning: Means that a tornado has been sighted or a developing tornado is reported by trained spotters or indicated on Doppler radar.


The emergency warning sirens are to be tested during Severe Weather Awareness Week in early March. Sirens may be tested at other times and every effort will be made via the media to notify citizens when such testing will take place.

In the event of weather watches or warnings on the day of testing, testing will not be conducted and Boone County Emergency Communications will be notified. This cancellation may be made by either the Lebanon Fire or Lebanon Police Command Staff.

Sirens will be tested primarily from the Boone County Communications Center with the exception of during Severe Weather Awareness Week (early March) when both the Lebanon Fire Department and Communications Center will conduct a test.

When are the sirens activated:

  • When Tornado Warning is issued for Boone County by the National Weather Service.
  • When a Public Safety Officer (Police, Fire, EMS, or EMA) reports a sighting of a funnel cloud or a Tornado.
  • If a tornado is confirmed on the ground in a neighboring county moving towards Boone County even if a warning is not yet issued by the National Weather Service.
  • When ordered by Mayor of Lebanon during declared emergencies, when appropriate.


All funnel cloud or tornado sightings are to be reported to the Boone County Communications Center immediately. The Communications Center will then activate the warning systems following the Fire/EMS Communications Protocol and all non-incident radio traffic regarding the storm will be broadcast on “EMA-OPS.”

Siren Locations:

  1. Washington St. and Meridian St
  2. Elm St. and Ryan St.
  3. Mt. Zion Rd. and Enterprise Blvd.
  4. St. Rd. 39 and Cox Ave.
  5. Indianapolis Ave. and Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds
  6. Grant St. and Elm St.
  7. Sam Ralston Rd. at Triangle Asphalt
  8. Lafayette Ave. at Kise Estates
  9. N. Lebanon St. at Northfield Shopping Center
  10. Elm Swamp Rd. and Elizaville Rd.
  11. Grant St. and Claiborne St.
  12. 3025 Indianapolis Road
  13. 2000 Indianapolis Road
  14. North of 150 South on John Shaw Road



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