The last few weeks have produced some extreme weather events throughout the region. When the alarm sounds on the city of Cuyahoga Falls Outdoor Warning System, do you know how to respond? You can immediately tune into 96.1 WCFI-FM for information on the nature of the activation.

In the event of activation, the siren will sound for three minutes. Do not call 9-1-1 as the operators need to keep the phone lines open for emergencies. The warning signal will be activated for any of the following events: severe weather, tornados, damaging thunderstorms, chemical spills, Amber Alerts or any other extreme emergencies. Once the emergency situation has ended, the radio station will broadcast the "all-clear" signal. Be advised that the sirens are regularly tested at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The sirens will be sounded for 30 seconds for this regular testing period.

To connect with the city of Cuyahoga Falls and receive text and email notifications in the event of an emergency, please sign up for CFO Alerts. In addition to emergency information, you can tailor your alerts to include updates on Parks and Recreation activities, community meetings, Falls River Square events, and weather announcements. To sign up CFO Alerts, please visit cityofcf.com/cfoalerts.

As we move into spring, I also want to fill you in on potholes. Potholes are caused by the frequent freeze and thaw cycles we experience in this part of the country. As water and melting snow find their way through cracks in the road surface, the expansion of the freezing water below destroys the cold, brittle, asphalt material. This creates weakened voids below the surface that are then damaged by the weight of vehicles.

The Street Department crews work hard to maintain our roads in Cuyahoga Falls, and one of their many responsibilities is filling potholes. In the winter months, the department works around the clock, 24-hours a day, Monday through Friday. When they are not busy plowing, salting, and brining, they are patching potholes with multiple crews. Not only do they fill the holes that are turned in by residents, but they also have regular routes that they travel across the city, filling potholes as they go. Potholes may be reported online at http://www.cityofcf.com/departments/street/report-pothole, or by calling the Pothole Hotline 24/7 at 330-971-8240.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as mayor of this phenomenal city.