Upgrade Approved For Tornado Sirens

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September 15, 2010

When severe weather rolls through you will soon be able to hear where it's about to strike with specific storm sirens.

The Sedgwick County Commission approved a plan to upgrade the 153 sirens in the county. The total cost will be $1.25 million. Emergency management says if it isn't done, our sirens won't work as of January 2013 because the FCC will be sending its signal digitally.

On top of that, right now when there is a warning, all the sirens across the county go off. With the new system in place, only the sirens in the specific danger area will sound. The upgrades should be ready for storm season in the spring of 2012.

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