Tornado Sirens vs. Code Red Digital & Phone Emergency Notification – on Quorum Court Agenda, TonightFebruary 17th, 2014 by Joe Burgess
After several years of attempting to get governmental assistance to help fund tornado sirens for Drew County, we’ve finally got funding to assist with the purchase of 27 tower sirens, which will be scattered around the county.
But as the years have passed by, many feel that the towers have been surpassed by digital technology, as the best way to go, to notify county residents of impending disanter, should it occur.
Mayor Allen Maxwell and MEDC director Nita McDaniel presented their support for the weather sirens to the Drew Central School board, Thursday night (since that was not announced, no video is available.)
Community comments range from favoring one system over the other, with some residents supporting each systems, to “I’ve lived here this long without either of them.”
The general consensus is that the sirens would benefit city residents more; while rural communities would be better served by cellular and landline phone notification. Then again, there are some areas in the county considered “dead spots.”
Expectations are that both sides will thoroughly present their best case, tonight. Also, a representative from Code Red has been invited to answer questions about their system.
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