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Crete Police Department
Emergency: 9-1-1
1945 Forest
Crete, NE 68333
Phone: 402-826-4311
Fax: 402-826-2180 

A Message from the Chief

Crete is a wonderful place to work and live. Those who work for you at the police station take pride in being nothing more than the community helpers that Crete's children learn about in school. This reasoned approach to emergency service ensures residents and visitors may depend on a fair, just and compassionate response to their needs
                                                                                                                 Steve Hensel
                                                                                                                 Chief of Police

            MARCH 26TH                   

Crete will participate in Nebraska’s state-wide tornado drill on March 26. The drill will begin with a test Tornado Watch at 10 am. At approximately 10:10 am, the National Weather Service Forecast Office will issue a test Tornado Warning. The city will activate the warning sirens at this time. Although the sirens will be on for only a few minutes, the drill will conclude at 10:30 am. The sirens will be activated once again for a test at 6 pm to allow families to try out their family tornado plans at home. There is never an all clear siren following a tornado siren, whether a test or the real thing.

In addition to testing the city's warning sirens, this event offers an opportunity for everyone who lives, works and goes to school in Crete to consider what they will do in case of severe weather. Everyone should know where to go and what to do before severe weather occurs.

The city of Crete does not have any public tornado shelters. Employers should make plans for their employees. Residents who live in a structure without a reasonably safe shelter should make prior arrangements with a nearby friend, family member or neighbor to join them in their shelter during severe weather.

Here are some basic Tornado Safety Rules from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.

  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. Leave mobile homes and go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately.
  • If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
    • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
    • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
      • Stay in your vehicle with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
      • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.    

 * National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - "Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning: A Preparedness Guide"  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/resources/ttl6-10.pdf






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The city of Crete tests its warning sirens at 10 am on the first Friday of each month between April and November. The sirens are sounded twice because we test the main system and the backup system. If the weather is threatening on the day of the scheduled test, it will be rescheduled for the following Friday.

Due to the 4th of July, the sirens will be tested on the 11th of July.