In the event of an emergency, the City of Katy will utilize one or more of the following means to notify citizens.
The Outdoor Warning Sirens are intended to alert persons involved in outdoor activities that an emergency situation exists. The Outdoor Warning Sirens may be activated for any emergency situation requiring public warning. Persons hearing the outdoor warning sirens should seek shelter, obtain additional information from local radio, television and NOAA Weather Radio and then take appropriate action for their safety.
During severe weather the Outdoor Warning Sirens are activated for Tornado Warnings issued by the National Weather Service or when a funnel cloud or tornado is observed by a public safety official.
To receive severe weather warnings when indoors we recommend all occupants have a NOAA Weather Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME), tone alert and battery backup.
The City of Katy tests our weather sirens every Friday at noon during good weather.
The City of Katy has retained the ability to notify citizens of emergency situations via reverse calling. In the event of an emergency which citizens need to be notified, City of Katy officials will prerecord a message with pertinent information. The message will then be sent to a designated area affected by the emergency. The message will contain further information about the emergency and instructions of tasks which should be completed for your safety.
Please note that the reverse calling System can only call published telephone numbers. Those with no land line or unpublished numbers will not be called.
News Stations, Radio Stations, NOAA
- The fastest, most accurate and reliable means of receiving severe weather information is through a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio with a battery backup. Weather radios may be purchased at local electronics stores.
- The weather radio should be used when weather watches and warnings are issued. Newer models are capable of warning you only if severe weather is expected in your area. This feature is called Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.). Ask your local electronics retailer for help programming your weather radio before you leave the store.