LAKE POINSETT'S STORM SIRENS
We have all heard the term “Tornado Siren” but at Lake Poinsett we have something just a little different. Because of the summertime lake usage and the large number of people recreating at the lake, Lake Poinsett has what Hamlin County Emergency Management refers to as a Severe Weather Outdoor Warning System. This system of sirens gets activated anytime severe weather threatens Lake Poinsett or the immediate area. Severe weather can include damaging straight-line winds, lightning, large hail, and tornadoes.
FOUR STORM SIRENS
Lake Poinsett has four storm sirens stationed on
GF&P owned land: Sorenson’s Beach Access,
Saraanen’s Access, Prestrude’s Access, and the
Lake Poinsett Recreation Area.
The outdoor warning system is activated when the
National Weather Service issues a Severe
Thunderstorm Warning or a Tornado Warning.
The system is also activated when Hamlin County
SKYWARN Weather Spotters report severe weather
in the area. The system can be activated by the
Public Service Answering Point (Watertown Police
Department Dispatch Center) or by Emergency Management.
The only time the outdoor warning system will be activated is for severe weather events.
A STEADY BLAST
The outdoor warning system will sound for three minutes with a steady blast and may be reactivated if conditions require additional warning. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY! Storm sirens are tested the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at noon, weather permitting from April to September.
When the siren is activated, cover should be taken
inside a sturdy building. Get out of mobile homes
and find a substantial shelter. Public Shelters in the
area include the Lake Region Golf Course and the
Methodist Church Camp.
A number of lake homes are located in a dead zone,
where the siren cannot be heard. Consider
purchasing an All-Weather-Radio NOAA
(Midland brand) with battery backup. Social media,
internet, and smartphones can also help to alert of
coming severe weather.
NOAA WEATHER RADIO
Every household and business should have a NOAA Weather Radio with battery backup and can be programmed to receive weather watches and warnings for a specific area.
A COOPERATIVE PROJECT
This outdoor warning system was a cooperative project funded between the Lake Poinsett Association, SD GF&P, and Hamlin County, along with a Homeland Security Grant. Each siren was approximately $20,000.
Lake Poinsett Association budgets yearly to maintain the sirens’ 16 batteries and mechanical parts. A single battery costs $120.
For more information on NOAA Weather Radios or severe weather safety,
contact the Hamlin County Emergency Management Office at 605-783-7831.