Lightning Alert System

Lightning Detection in Twp. of Washington
A Lightning Detection System provides early warning of lightning throughout our parks and school fields. The newly installed lightning detection's alarm system, administered by Strike Guard Lightning Warning System, consists of a horn and a strobe light, covering an area that is roughly 700 yards.
When lightning up to 10 miles away is detected the signals will be activated. The detector, located centrally at Westwood Regional Middle School, will send a signal to remote devices located in all participating Pascack Valley municipalities. This system consists of a solar panel, a detection box, sirens, speakers and strobe lights.
In the Township of Washington, four fields have been outfitted with the emergency notification devices:
  • Clark Field
  • Memorial Field
  • Sherry Field
  • Gardner Field
When first activated, residents will hear three blasts of the siren and a strobe light will flash and continue to flash until no lightning is detected for 30 minutes. The "all clear" signal to notify residents that it is safe to return to the fields or parks is one siren blast and the deactivation of the strobe lights. Until hearing the "all clear" signal, residents must go to their vehicles or a permanent structure for shelter.
If Township residents wish to receive an email or text alert when the system is activated, please click here to complete an online form.  You may also complete a printable form and mail it to the administrators office if you prefer