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Sedgwick County to begin tornado siren upgrades Monday

December 16, 2011|by Kim Hynes | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan.) — You may be thinking about winter weather, but Segdwick County is starting to prepare for tornado season.  Monday, the county will begin work upgrading tornado sirens.

The upgrades will take about 60 days. The purpose is to create a selective warning system, which means sirens will only sound in areas experiencing a direct threat.  Right now, if there's a tornado warning in Sedgwick County, all 153 sirens go off.

Sedgwick County Commissioners voted to spend almost $1 million to upgrade the system.  The county says research shows people pay more attention to selective sirens and are more likely to take action.

During the installation period, portions of the outdoor warning system will be unavailable for varying lengths of time. Although severe weather in the form of tornadoes is rare this time of year, Sedgwick County Emergency Management reminds residents to keep a watchful eye on weather reports and to monitor local media sources should severe weather occur.

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