Old Tornado Sirens Are Still Active

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

With the threat of severe weather being predicted for the next couple of days, Sedgwick County still does not have siren upgrades in place.

However, Emergency Management Director Randy Duncan said there's no need to panic. The county decided to keep the old system in place until the digital receivers are all installed. Right now, workers are finished with about two-thirds of the work around the county.

"We still maintain our ability to activate in all or nothing mode," Duncan said. He does remind everyone not to rely on just the sirens for warnings. He says the sirens are supposed to warn people who are outside only, of severe weather.

The new digital warning system is expected to be finished across the county sometimes in the next couple of weeks. When complete, warnings will sound in only the specific area that is in danger.

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