What is the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service?
Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to Vermilion County municipalities for the activation of community outdoor warning systems. This guidance is not a policy statement, but is presented to serve as a foundation on which a common approach can be used to provide warning of impending danger to county residents.
Legal Basis for Warning
The issuance of warning, and the approved signals that are used to convey that warning, as well as the procedures used to test those s...