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Hilary Rushnell
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Username: Newtofrisco

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2008 - 04:24 pm:   

I'm new to Frisco -- and to Tornado Alley -- so I'm hyper-sensitive about being prepared for a tornado...been through 3 major earthquakes, and one major fire evacuation on the west coast.

I've met a few people who tell me they ignore the sirens, and just sleep through them...while I'm sitting in my bathtub with my weather radio...

I'm assuming the tornado sirens go off only when there has been a tornado spotted by Dopler or by a spotter. Am I correct in this assumption?

Many thanks to Frisco for all that you do to keep us safe!
 

Paul_siebert
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Username: Paul_siebert

Post Number: 6
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 01:08 pm:   

Ms. Rushnell –

First, let me welcome you to Frisco and commend you on your response to an activation of the Outdoor Warning Sirens. The protection of our citizens and visitors is the primary goal of the emergency notification systems we utilize to communicate immediate threats in the City of Frisco.

The City is well equipped for severe weather events. We have 24 outdoor warning sirens strategically placed throughout the City, the capability to override our local cable channels to broadcast emergency instructions, amateur radio emergency services personnel on staff, two amateur radio consoles which allow communication directly to the National Weather Service and regional storm spotters, and a multitude of media and internet resources, all directed into our Emergency Operations Center located at Central Fire Station.

You are correct in your description of what triggers siren activation. The intent of the outdoor warning sirens is to alert citizens outside of an immediate threat and the need to retreat to cover. This happens most frequently with severe weather, however the sirens are available in the event notification needs to be made for emergency reasons.

There are several resources we urge our citizens to utilize during bad weather or other large scale emergencies in Frisco. We recommend tuning your AM radio to WBAP 820, accessing your cable TV channel 12 (Grande Cable) or 16 (Time Warner Cable) and monitoring local media news stations. Here you will find specific instructions broadcasted either from the National Weather Service or the City of Frisco.

Please feel free to call me at 972-292-6342 or access our website at www.friscofire.com for additional information.

Thank you,

Jean May
Emergency Management Specialist
Frisco Fire Department
(972)292-6342
jmay@friscofire.com
 

CAROLINE MCGREGOR
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Username: Decorator74

Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 02:40 pm:   

Hello - I am also new to Frisco and live up near 380 and Preston. Are there any plans to add more sirens up to this end of town? We cannot hear the emergency sirens (for example - even though we were watching the tv last night and watching the storm coverage we actually had no clue that the sirens were going off here in Frisco until we happened to call a friend). We can hear the trains going by as if they were in our backyard (but that's a whole other topic for discussion) but would really appreciate if you would let me now if there are any plans for new sirens near here. Thank you so much, Caroline
 

Ryan Wolford, Division Chief Admin Svcs
Moderator
Username: Ryan_wolford

Post Number: 4
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 - 10:48 am:   

Thank you for inquiring about the Frisco outdoor warning siren system. We currently have 24 sirens strategically placed throughout the city. We recently met with a consultant who is assisting us with the procurement of additional sirens for the city. Once we have further information from the consultant and the successful vendor, a specific location plan will be established and we will aggressively move forward in siren placement.

The intent of the outdoor warning sirens is to alert citizens, who are outside, of an immediate threat and the need to retreat to cover. Our intent is to have people who are outdoors seek shelter immediately. If available, there are several resources we urge our citizens to utilize during bad weather. We recommend tuning your AM radio to station 820, accessing your cable TV channel 12 or 16 (depending on whether you have Grande or Time-Warner) and monitoring local media news stations. Here you will find specific instructions broadcasted either from the National Weather Service or the Frisco Fire Department regarding the severe weather warning affecting our area.

Due to acoustics, the sirens do not transmit voice commands as far, nor as clearly as the actual siren wail itself. Therefore, we do not announce an “all clear” over the public address system. Rather, we utilize the sirens as intended, as a warning, and continue to sound the sirens throughout the danger phase. When the sirens cease to sound, the danger for those outdoors has passed.

I hope this helps you understand the intent of our outdoor warning system and also guides you to the correct emergency warning broadcasts you can access from inside your home. Additional information on the City of Frisco Outdoor Warning Sirens is located on our website www.friscotexas.gov.

If there is anything else we can help you with please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ryan Wolford
Division Chief of Administrative Services
Frisco Fire Department
(972) 292-6311
rwolford@friscofire.com

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