Post Number: 7
|Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 02:45 pm: |
Mr. Sherwood Ė
First, let me say that owning a weather radio is one of the best ways to stay informed about severe weather as it approaches our area. Once you are alerted to a weather watch, we recommend watching local television stations for their coverage of the storms to stay apprised of any potential impact to Frisco.
As for the Outdoor Warning sirens, we are currently working toward the procurement of additional sirens for the city. The current 24 Outdoor Warning Sirens are placed in an effort to maximize coverage over a rapidly growing community and we are continuing that effort each year. Once we have further information, 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 current philosophy is that during the event, we intend to have people who are outdoors seek shelter with some form of continued media contact. 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.
As you are probably aware, the best way to be notified at home or at work is with a battery operated NOAA weather radio. Owning a NOAA Weather Radio would greatly benefit those indoors or who donít live or work in close proximity to an Outdoor Warning Siren. These radios are readily available and have a feature that sets off an audible alert when potentially dangerous weather is approaching. This is a great feature because it means you donít have to have the broadcast constantly running to be alerted. This is one of our most important suggestions on how to protect you and your family while at home. It would not be practical for a sirenís alert to be of such great intensity that it would intrude into your well-insulated home and alert you of an emergency situation; therefore the best answer is the purchase of a NOAA weather radio.
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 business or home. Additional information on the City of Frisco Outdoor Warning Sirens is located on our website www.friscofire.com.
If there is anything else we can help you with please do not hesitate to contact us.
Frisco Fire Department