Fox River Grove Police Chief’s Advice on Storm Sirens

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Fox River Grove Police Chief Ronald Lukasik

Fox River Grove Police Chief Ronald Lukasik took to Facebook to tell people about the warning sirens that went off last night’s severe weather outburst.

Apparently there were many citizens not only in Fox River Grove, but also Cary, Crystal Lake, and Algonquin who were inquiring why they did not hear the storm sirens.  Quoting from his post:

The tornado sirens woke me up at 2:00 A.M. like some others.

After I monitored the storm, I couldn’t go back to sleep because I was thinking about our (PD) emergency response in the event of a touchdown in town for the next two hours.

Every year, we have inquiries from residents about not being able to hear the sirens in their homes.

The sirens are not designed to be heard inside a house or other structures, they are to alert people outdoors to take cover.

In light of the predicted bad weather this afternoon I’m sharing the link below.

Lukasik then provided a link to a page which I am linking to which gives more information on being prepared for severe weather.

McHenry County Republican Vice-Chairman and Fox River Grove Precinct Committeeman Andrew Gasser said he, and his family, did not hear the sirens but were alerted to the severe weather via a weather app on their smart phones.

More severe weather is expected tonight.


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Fox River Grove Police Chief’s Advice on Storm Sirens — 7 Comments

  1. My weather app just alerted me to the severe weather.

    So the app really does provide warning.

    I use the accuweather app for Droid.

  2. Someone should ask why the CL sirens did not go off given that a possible tornado touched down at Rte 176 and Briarwood.

    I usually have my phone charging downstairs but just happened to have it in the bedroom last night and it woke me at around 1:40.

    Had it not been for that, I would have slept through it, and I was in the direct line from the point of touchdown had the tornado reappeared.

  3. Mike Walkup, I live in Crystal Lake and the sirens DID sound off for almost an hour.

    Ron Lukasik is a great chief of police , FRG is lucky. …

    Also, Andrew thanks for the weather app idea/info, I’m going to share that information with my friends and family.

    Stay informed, use common sense, and be safe!

  4. Mr. Walkup- according to the WGN Weather Center, the tornado sirens in Crystal Lake went off at 2:15AM.

    And, as Mr. Lukasik pointed out in his post:

    “…The sirens are not designed to be heard inside a house or other structures, they are to alert people outdoors to take cover…”

  5. Well, I went out and stood in the porch and didn’t hear anything.

    I am not far from City Hall where one of the sirens is located.

    I should have heard it if it went off.

  6. Please reread my post, Mr. Walkup. Your phone went off at 1:40, and the sirens in Crystal Lake went off at 2:15.

    If you stepped outside at 1:40, it would be clear that you could not hear the siren- the siren would not sound for another 35 minutes.

    I know the sirens in Woodstock went off at 2AM- but the rain and wind was so heavy that they were essentially inaudible- and I was standing outside.

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