Severe Weather Early Notification System
When a Tornado Warning is issued by the National Weather Service for our area, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office will activate the sirens located throughout the township and surrounding communities to notify residents to seek shelter and stay attentive of the current conditions via television or radio broadcast.
The sirens in York Township are located at:
- Stone Rd. (Between RT. 18 and RT. 252)
- Beck Rd. (Between RT. 18 and Stone Rd.)
- Lester Rd. (Between RT. 57 and Wolff Rd.)
- Spieth Rd. (Between RT. 57 and Abbeyville Rd.)
These sirens are tested the fist Saturday of each month at noon. (Regardless of the time of year)
Differences between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning
- Tornado Watch: Conditions are appropriate for tornadic activity
- Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted via spotter or via radar, seek shelter immediately
- During severe weather stay tuned to a NOAA Weather Radio and local broadcast television/radio.
- Pick a safe room that family members will gather if a warning is issued. This location should be a basement, interior room on the lowest floor with no windows, or a storm cellar.
- Watch for changing weather conditions. Dark and greenish tint clouds, Wall Cloud, Large Hail, Funnel Cloud, Roaring noise (Similar to a freight train).
- Shelters should be in the lowest possible location in the house such as a basement or first floor room with no windows.
- If outdoors seek shelter in the nearest sturdy building.
- If you are driving and see a tornado; proceed to the nearest sturdy shelter if possible or pull the vehicle over to the lowest spot possible, exit the vehicle and lay in an area lower than the road surface while covering your head with your hands.
After a tornado
- Wait for the tornado warning to expire before leaving shelter. (Notification from the National Weather Service via Television, Radio, or a NOAA Weather Radio)
- If you were away during the event, don’t re-enter the disaster area unless you are directed to by authorities.
- Stay out of damaged buildings.
- Inspect damage with a flashlight instead of candles.
- Use your cell phone only for emergency calls and to notify others that you are safe.
- Stay away from downed power lines as they could still be energized.
- If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound evacuate the area and notify emergency services.
NOAA Weather Radio Information
Frequencies for Medina County:
Places near Medina where you can purchase a NOAA Weather Radio: