During some emergencies, the City of Brighton will attempt to warn you and inform you about the situation. There are several ways to receive important emergency information.
An important tip to remember is that you should not rely on one notification method in all situations. Residents are asked to familiarize themselves with the available systems and plan to utilize and access several for emergency and disaster notifications.
First Call Notification System
This system is what can provide emergency notifications to your residential, cell and/or business phones depending on how you sign up. This system relies on citizens to actively register their information and indicate how they would like to be notified. Many landlines are also provided automatically by Century Link. Residents can register their information at the Adams County Registration Site.
Outdoor Warning Sirens
The City of Brighton's Outdoor Emergency Warning System is an outdoor siren system that is used to warn the general population of danger in a short amount of time and to notify them that an emergency is occurring. Each of the nine sirens is located to cover an area of 5,400 feet, at 70 decibels, the recommended audible output by FEMA.
The city tests the outdoor emergency warning sirens on a every month:
- The first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m.
- The sirens will sound for five minutes.
We conduct monthly tests to ensure that the system is working properly and to ensure that personnel are fully trained in activating the system. If you hear the sirens at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, please do not call 911. This is only a test.
Aside from the monthly tests, the siren system is activated most frequently when a tornado has been spotted by trained staff / observers, or when the National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Brighton area. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or that a developing tornado is reported by trained spotters or indicated on Doppler radar. A warning is typically issued for a small area for less than an hour.
The system uses one siren tone. When they are activated during an emergency, the sirens will be activated for five minutes to get your attention. There is no "all clear" signal. If the sirens are activated and it is not our monthly test; you should seek shelter immediately and get more information.
NOAA Weather Radio
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio is a dedicated radio that receives real-time weather information direct from the National Weather Service. During severe weather, more frequent updates, and live broadcasts are used to notify listeners of potential hail, flooding, tornadoes, blizzard conditions, and other weather warnings. NOAA Weather Radios can be purchased at many electronic stores, and can be battery operated, giving you an option to obtain information source when your power is out.
Our city’s public information officers coordinate closely with local media outlets to provide accurate, up-to-date information to our citizens. Information about weather watches and warnings and public safety updates are provided to our local media outlets to share with citizens.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to know and understand the hazards in your immediate area and know how to respond in order to stay safe. It takes everyone's participation in building a resilient community.