In 2016, for recognition of the 15th anniversary of the Siren tornado, Burnett County has purchased 360 weather radios to improve the county's alert and warning capabilities for severe weather. These radios will provide a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and non-weather emergency information from the National Weather Service
and its parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA
The purchase of these radios was made available through the generous use of grant dollars through the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services. Priority is being given to the following groups: ADRC clients, WIC, Meals on Wheels recipients, daycares, elderly, and foster families. The limited number of remaining radios will be distributed through town and village clerks to those residents expressing an interest.