The Ideal Township Board is responding to citizens' concerns by installing two outdoor warning sirens. These sirens provide warning of approaching severe weather to people in the area. The locations of these new sirens fill gaps in coverage of the Whitefish area that are not covered by the existing sirens in Crosslake, Pequot Lakes, and Breezy Point.
The first siren, installed earlier this year, is located at the Ideal Town Hall and covers a portion of the south side of Whitefish, and the Ideal Corners area.
The second, to be installed on October 10th, is located at the top of the big hill along County Road 134 near the cell tower there. This location was secured with the cooperation and courtesy of Trout Lake Camp. This siren will provide coverage to the camp area, a portion of the north side of Whitefish, the west side of Trout Lake, and the east side of Arrowhead Lake.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Communication Center controls when the sirens are activated. The office tests / activates all sirens in Crow Wing County at 1 pm on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the year. When the outdoor warning sirens are activated they will run for approximately 4 minutes. For more information about the criteria for activating the warning sirens and related information, please visit http://crowwing.us/388/Outdoor-Warning-Sirens-Map
Outdoor warning sirens are intended to be one part of a warning system to help inform people who are outdoors. Residents should take steps to keep themselves aware of changing weather conditions by having a NOAA weather radio, mobile device warning app, or other method.