Parks Severe Weather Alert System (PSWAS)

The City has strategically installed its three existing outdoor severe weather warning sirens in its largest and most widely-used regional parks: Elizabeth Milburn Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and the Brushy Creek Sports Park. The sirens are tested at noon on the first Wednesday of every month.

The Parks Severe Weather Alert System (PSWAS), is manually triggered by emergency personnel in the event of a confirmed sighting of a tornado in the immediate area or if the threat of severe weather to the area is imminent as confirmed through an official warning from the National Weather Service.

While the sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of every month at noon, they will not be tested during inclement weather. Those who hear the sirens during non-testing times should leave the outdoor areas and seek shelter immediately. 

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Do not rely on them as your primary source of severe weather information or for warnings!  The sirens are not designed to be heard indoors and therefore should not be used as a primary means of notification outside of these parks. It can be especially difficult to hear them during times of heavy wind, rain, and hail. This is why it is important to have multiple ways of getting weather warnings including apps. We encourage everyone to sign up to receive emergency alerts via home phone call, mobile phone call, text message and email through our notification system, Warn Central Texas. 

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