Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Lewis family wants to know, “If the power goes out in Sedgwick County, will the tornado sirens still work?” Good question.
The answer, in Sedgwick County, is no, they won’t.
Sedgwick County Emergency Management Director Randy Duncan says that the tornado siren should not be your primary warning device. He says the siren, or outdoor warning device, is designed to be an early alert for those who are away from a TV or radio.
Duncan also says that the sirens are not frequently heard in homes during spring and summer months for several reasons, including distance from the siren, running air conditioners and better insulation in newer homes.
For this reason, Emergency Management wants residents to rely on other media for primary severe weather information. The old siren is great, but if you don’t hear it, it doesn’t mean there isn’t severe weather and possibly tornadoes nearby.
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