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New Tornado Siren Policy Announced in Oklahoma City

December 28, 2015
A tornado passes near Halstead, Kan., Wednesday, May 6, 2015. A swath of the Great Plains is under a tornado watch Wednesday, including parts of North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

A tornado passes near Halstead, Kan., Wednesday, May 6, 2015. A swath of the Great Plains is under a tornado watch Wednesday, including parts of North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

Emergency warnings are important for communities, as they alert everyone of impending safety issues. In Oklahoma, this particularly pertains to tornadoes.

A concern with the existing tornado siren system in Oklahoma City, however, is that it sometimes warns people who are not threatened. Even those who are out of a tornado’s way can still hear the sound of the sirens, which creates unnecessary panic in safe situations, but also a lack of urgency when there actually is an emergency.

To address this issue, Oklahoma City officials have announced a change of policy with the tornado sirens. Warnings will now be divided into different zones. During a tornado threat, only the zones that are most likely to be hit by the tornado will hear the sirens. Sirens in other areas that are out of the path of the storm will remain silent.

With these changes, Oklahoma City is hoping to make their siren system more effective, so will people will pay attention to them more and ultimately save lives.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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