Safe Room and Outdoor Warning Sirens

Arlington's Tornado Safe Room is located at:

11842 Otto Lane, Arlington, TN 38002 

(beside Arlington Elementary School)

Tornado Safe Room Sign

Interior of Safe Room

Outdoor Warning Sirens

The Town of Arlington has six (6) outdoor warning sirens located strategically throughout Arlington. 

The sirens are operated by the Shelby County Office of Preparedness and sound when a Tornado Warning has been issued for Shelby County.  They are maintained by the Arlington Fire Department and Arlington Public Works. 

The sirens are designed to alert people outside their homes.  The sirens are not designed to give warning to people inside of their homes or vehicles; therefore, everyone is encouraged to have at least two methods of early warning for severe weather events. 

We recommend the following actions to maintain the highest level of awareness:

  1. Set your smart devices to receive notifications.  This can be done in the Settings tab.  Contact your service provided for specific instructions for your device.

  2. Purchase and maintain a weather radio.

  3. Download your favorite weather APP and/or link to your favorite weather channel/station.

  4. Stay informed through your local news and weather channel

TESTING TIMES:  The sirens are tested every Wednesday at 3:30 PM unless there is rain in the forecast. The reason the sirens are not tested during raining days is to avoid the chances of giving a false alarm to those within the range of the sirens.  The sirens are very loud, and individuals are asked to cover their ears when near an activating siren. 

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness is researching the ability to provide early warning through the outdoor warning sirens for events other than Tornado Warnings.  They are still in the process of this research but in the future we may have early warning for wind, flood and hail events.

For more information on Outdoor Warning Sirens and to see frequently asked questions go the the National Weather Service page at:

Outdoor Siren

Outdoor Siren