Early Warning System.
The Village of Rio Grande is proud to partner with the University of Rio Grande, Buckeye Hills Career Center, Gallipolis City Schools, Gallia County Local Schools, Gallia County Board of Commissioners, Gallia County 911, Gallia County Emergency Management Agency, Bob Evans Farm, Buckeye Rural Electric, and the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services to bring a device to the Village that can warn anyone in the Village of Rio Grande of impending emergencies like severe weather, hazardous material spills, terrorist attacks, or an active shooter.
There are two large sirens that rotate 360° and can be heard indoors up to one mile away once they are activated. It is activated by radio and controlled by the Gallia County 911 Center.
The system is tested at noon every Saturday. On the first Saturday of the month, there will be an audible siren test. The other tests will be silent.
What do I do if I hear a siren tone and what do the different tones mean? What do the tones sound like?
It remains important for all to know the different tones and what each tone means especially our children and students at our secondary schools and the University of Rio Grande. Below is a list of the tones and what action you should take in the event of a real emergency is broadcast:
This tone is an alert to an active shooter, terrorist attack or other serious school emergency.
Lockdown in place, lock all home or building exterior and interior doors. Stand by for further instructions. Wait for an all-clear tone.
This tone is for tornado warnings and any other severe weather forecast for Rio Grande and vicinity that will potentially produce significant property damage and injuries to persons
Seek shelter immediately in an area or room deemed safest in your building or home. Stand by for further public address instructions. Wait for an all-clear tone,
This tone is to warn of a hazardous materials emergency.
Shelter in place, close all doors and windows and stand by for further public instructions
This is the tone to announce all clear. The emergency is over
The emergency no longer exists, resume to normal activity.
Is there a source where I can become familiar with the different siren tones?
It is essential that all citizens, students and visitors and those who are employed in the Rio Grande area familiarize themselves with siren tones above.
This system was made possible by a joint effort by the University of Rio Grande, Village of Rio Grande, Buckeye Hills Career Center, Gallipolis City Schools, Gallia County Local Schools, Gallia County Board of Commissioners, Gallia County 911, Gallia County Emergency Management Agency, Bob Evans Farm, Buckeye Rural Electric, and Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.