A prime objective of the Chester Police Department is to enhance the quality of life and to ensure the safety of its citizens and visitors. In keeping with this philosophy the Chester Police Department will operate the city’s early storm warning siren system in an effort to provide citizens with an early warning of impending severe weather. The early tornado warning siren system has been designed to provide notice of a “Tornado Warning” to citizens who are outdoors when the National Weather Service Torando Warning is issued.

I.     POLICY
The Chester Police Department and its Personnel;
A.    Will upon receipt of a Tornado Warning, effecting Eastern Perry County, Missouri, Northwestern Jackson County, and Southern Randolph County, issued by the National Weather Service activate the Early Storm Warning Siren System.
B.    Will upon receipt of a verified report of active rotation in a severe thunderstorm approaching the city of Chester, Illinois activate the Early Storm Warning Siren System.


II.    PROCEDURE
A.    During the periods of inclement weather Chester Police personnel shall monitor the weather reports for severe storm and tornado warnings.
B.    Upon receipt of a tornado warning affecting eastern Perry County, Missouri, northwestern Jackson County, and southern Randolph County the Chester Police personnel shall activate the tornado-warning siren.
C.    The Chester Police Department personnel shall be authorized to activate the tornado-warning siren upon receipt of a verified report of active rotation in a severe thunderstorm approaching the city of Chester.
D.    No “All Clear” sounding or announcement will be utilized.


Effective: August 18, 2008                    Ryan Coffey, Chief of Police