Sirens Vs. Technology For Severe Storms

The sound of storm sirens is very familiar to Arkansans. Even though the city of Rogers has 20 sirens, the fire chief says they're not the best way to keep communities safe.

"You should in no way shape or form rely on a warning siren to alert you to a tornado. They're not designed for people to hear them inside their dwellings," said Jenkins. "Tornado sirens have a place people just have to understand that they're not a safety blanket. They're really just there as icing on the cake. They're not the primary product to be warned by." 

Rogers and other NWA towns have decided to use other tools like technology to warn. 

"We currently do not have any storm sirens within the city limits of Springdale," said Springdale Chief Mike Irwin."We decided to go a different direction and use technology to notify people of the emergency."

Springdale uses an alert system folks can fill out online to receive updates and it's what the fire chief says is a much more effective way to get the word out about the threat of severe weather. 

For more information on how to sign up for your storm sirens, click the links below.


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