Severe Weather Procedures / Shelter

The following information will help you prepare for Severe Weather / Tornado Season.
  • If severe weather threatens the Herington area, you should stay alert to possible changes by listening to the radio or TV. They can happen very quickly.
  • It would be a good idea to have a weather radio or even a battery operated FM radio to monitor local radio stations.
  • There are five Tornado Sirens located in the City. The sirens are designed to alert people that may be outside. You may not hear them inside your house.
  • Our policy is when a confirmed sighting has happened within 10 miles of the City or a tornado strike is imminent, the sirens are activated. The sirens will continue as long as they have power.
  • We do not sound an all clear with the sirens. If they are sounding, a danger persists.
  • If you do not have a basement, move to the most interior room of your house. Put as many walls as you can between you and the outside.
  • If there is time before the storm strikes, you can take shelter at the FEMA shelter located at the school complex located on North 'D' Street which is on the North end of town. It is opened for severe weather by the Herington Fire Department. Please use the South drive for parking. Fire personnel and a fire truck will be stationed at the South side of the High School (1401 N. D) to help direct people where to go.
  • If your home is hit by a Tornado, you need to make sure you and your family are safe and accounted for. You can reduce the chance of accident or fire by shutting off the gas valve and the main electric breaker to your home.

If you have any questions, contact the Herington Fire Department (785) 258-3020.