Emergency Operations Director
Severe Weather Information
Once the Emergency Operations Center receives notification from the National Weather Service of approaching severe weather, the Center will notify via radio all county fire departments, all police agencies, city fire, various industry, Columbus Regional Hospital, and the Bartholomew Consolidated School System. If a Tornado Warning is issued or there is an actual sigting by a trained weather spotter, the emergency sirens will be activated for Columbus and the communities of Hope and Jonesville.
A test of the emergency siren system will occur at 12:00 (noon) the first Friday of each month for the City of Columbus and the the towns of Jonesville and Hope.
Please do not call the Emergency Operations Center to ask why the sirens are activated. This ties up personnel and telephone lines that may be needed to provide citizens with emergency services. Tune to your local radio station for information concerning severe weather
Watches and warnings are issued for many different weather conditions, including severe thunderstorms, snow and ice storms, flash floods, freezing temperatures, frost, high temperatures, and high humidity.
Your local weather forecast service will usually provide current information about specific watches or warnings.