Early Warning Weather Sirens

Four (4) early warning weather sirens have been installed and activated throughout the City of Franklin.  These sirens are located at Pleasant View Elementary School, 4600 Marquette Avenue; House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 3900 W. Ryan Road; the Shoppes of Wyndham Village Shopping Center (behind Pick ‘N Save), at the corner of Hwy. 100 and Drexel Avenue; and at the intersection of S. 92nd Street and W. St. Martins Road (STH 100). 

These sirens are operated by the Milwaukee County Emergency Government Office located at the Sheriff’s Training Academy, 9225 S. 68th Street in Franklin. The process works as follows: When the National Weather Service detects tornado warnings for Milwaukee County, they will notify the Milwaukee County Emergency Government Office that will then activate all warning sirens throughout Milwaukee County, including the four in Franklin. These sirens will only be activated for a TORNADO WARNING, not a watch. A warning indicates that a tornado has been spotted, or that Doppler radar indicates a thunderstorm circulation which can spawn a tornado.

The sirens consist of a constant wailing tone that will last 3 to 5 minutes.  If a second siren is heard, that means the National Weather Service has issued a new warning. Sirens are not sounded to indicate expiration of a warning. Normal testing of the sirens will be done at 12 Noon on the second Wednesday of each month, provided weather permits (skies need to be clear so as not to be confused with a real warning siren).

Tornado Alert Procedures

Please direct any questions pertaining to the Early Warning Weather Sirens to:

Glen Morrow, City Engineer
9229 W. Loomis Road
Franklin, WI  53132

Phone:  414-425-7510
Fax:  414-425-3106

Hours:  M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Tornado Alert Procedures