Weather Safety

Emergency Warning Sirens

The City of River Falls maintains a severe weather outdoor siren network (view map) designed to provide generalized warnings to citizens of impending severe weather conditions. 

It should be noted that once the local weather siren system is activated, there will be no notification indicating an all-clear. Individuals must use their own judgment regarding making an all-clear decision.

View the emergency warning test dates for 2023.

For more information, view this presentation to the City Council about our Warning Siren Network.


Severe Weather Safety

If there is impending severe weather, including a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning, the River Falls Police Department authorizes activation of the siren system for public notification. Once this system is activated, it may be reactivated several times to continue the warning as conditions or time permits.

Citizens are encouraged to be on the alert for hazardous weather conditions and the following is recommended:

  • If bad weather threatens, tune to your local radio or television station for weather updates.
  • If weather sirens sound notifying citizens of impending dangerous weather conditions, or if local news media advise it, take cover immediately.
  • Monitor local media broadcasts for updates and follow their advice.
  • A flashlight and battery powered radio should also be readily available in case the electric power goes off.

Watches & Warnings

  • A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.
  • A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If a tornado warning is issued for your area and the sky becomes threatening, move to your predesignated place of safety.
  • A severe thunderstorm watch means that severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.
  • A severe thunderstorm warning means that severe thunderstorms are occurring in your area.

Additional Weather & Safety Information

The National Weather Service provides access to several information resources, including information on thunderstorms, lightning, and tornadoes. The Police Department also has access to some of these materials. Please contact the River Falls Police Department at 715-425-0909 for further information.