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The University has placed NOAA severe weather radios in many department offices as part of its ongoing life safety systems upgrade. The weather radios will alert departments about severe weather that may affect the city of Peoria and Bradley University and they will alert other departments within their building.
The weather radios will be used in conjunction with the existing City of Peoria siren warning system. The sirens effectively alert persons out of doors, however they do not provide good coverage indoors. The sirens are activated for tornado warnings only, not for watches. The City of Peoria will initiate a siren, or steady tone, for a period of 3 to 5 minutes. When you hear this siren, take cover immediately - danger is imminent.
A tornado watch means conditions are right for a tornado. During a tornado watch, staff should be alert to weather conditions.
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted.