Carter County Emergency Management plans to add new tornado sirens

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

In the Majestic Hills neighborhood between Ardmore and Springer a tornado struck 4 years ago, and their warning came from a tornado siren.

"Actually it came right behind the house and took out the north end of the neighborhood," said Rocky Mathis knows how important the sirens are, which is why he's glad to hear that the Carter County Emergency Management Department is putting in 11 to 12 new ones.

"That's just another tool to help us be prepared and give us warning," said Mathis. "I think that we should have more of them."

The new sirens are going into rural areas of the county over the next five years with the help of a rural development grant.
The 11 sirens in place now came from a similar grant-sponsored deal, but emergency management 911 coordinator Shelly Stahlbusch said they'll have more people to keep safe in the future.

"We've already spotted out locations based on structure numbers and population for the next five years," said Stahlbusch.

Emergency management said the application process for the grants opens July 1st.

After the process closes August 27th, it will take a few months to find out if they're approved, and to order and install the sirens.
Each new siren will cost about $22,000, but Stahlbusch said safety is priceless.

"Without warning people don't have enough notice so we like to make sure they're ready," she said.

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