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Kevin McCartney
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Username: Kdawg

Post Number: 3
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 09:10 am:   

I live near the intersection of Eldorado and DNT. I did not hear any tornado sirens going off during the storms yesterday. However, my friend who lives southeast of Preston was able to hear sirens. Since I've lived here (3 years now), I have not been able to hear any tornado sirens at my residence. Are there any sirens in my vicinity? Can we get some new ones installed?


Username: Paul_siebert

Post Number: 12
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 - 09:33 am:   

Mr. McCartney,

There are 5 sirens within 2 miles of the Intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Eldorado Parkway. One siren is within one mile of that location. To better understand the effectiveness of the wail from these sirens, your friend who lives southeast of Preston was able to hear neighboring town’s (McKinney and/or Plano most likely) sirens when they were activated. The City of Frisco did not activate sirens because the conditions monitored by staff did not warrant such an activation. Our intent is to provide you with warning when necessary so the sirens do not become commonplace and therefore less effective.
Outdoor warning sirens are intended to notify those who are outside to seek shelter and monitor local media for additional information. The sirens are not intended to penetrate homes or structures and notify occupants. We believe that Texas weather deserves to be respected for the danger it may pose to our residents and we hope to further everyone’s knowledge of self-preparedness prior to these storms developing. Staying abreast of current conditions and potential weather events throughout the day provide the most effective method for anyone to be prepared.
We continue to evaluate the growth of our City and the need for additional sirens. More information about our current siren system is available at
If we can answer any further questions or provide more information, please do not hesitate to call Chief Borchardt at 972-292-6310 or me at 972-292-6340.

Paul Siebert
Assistant Fire Chief
Frisco Fire Department

Anthony Burokas
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Username: Anthony_b

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2011
Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 11:45 pm:   

I agree that Texas weather deserves to be respected. However, after having lived here for only two years, I find that the majority of one's time not at work is at home, IN the home.

Whether it be sleeping, eating, cleaning, playing, watching TV, dressing the kids, bathing the kids, etc... I strongly feel, with the recent number of massive storms hitting the US and the highest # of deaths in one year due to tornadoes, that at least Frisco investigate ways to increase the volume on the sirens specifically to penetrate homes.

Why would a siren system be designed to warn people outside? If they're outside and a tornado is approaching, they are either getting hammered by rain, or pelted by hail or debris. They already KNOW there's something coming.

After seeing the devastation in Joplin MO, I feel a siren system should be designed to inform people who are busy doing other things in their home, and are oblivious to what's going on outside their house.

(Message edited by admin on May 31, 2011)

Username: Paul_siebert

Post Number: 13
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - 05:31 pm:   

Mr. Burokas,

The most important thing you can do is stay informed about the weather. Having prior knowledge of a severe thunderstorm forecast can provide you with the necessary time to make adjustments as you see necessary to be prepared. One way to stay informed during the overnight hours is to have a NOAA weather radio. This is recommended and supported by the Emergency Management industry as well as the National Weather Service.

My family and I rely on a NOAA weather radio inside our home that has the ability to notify us of severe thunderstorm, tornado, as well as the other warnings that the National Weather Service issues. There are several types available, the one I use has the ability to remain “quiet” until the NWS sends out an alert. This is able to wake me while it repeatedly sounds the NWS automated warning. At this point, I am able to monitor local media to gain more information regarding the event. These radios are available at many retail electronics stores as well as at Frisco Fire Safety Town. Look for a unit that has the S.A.M.E. feature which receives and decodes alerts from NWS and I would strongly urge you to get one with both an AC adaptor and batteries in the event you lose power overnight. For more information about severe weather you can watch a short video ( that was designed for school children but provides valuable information for both them and their parents.

The outdoor warning sirens are one of multiple means to notify you of an impending dangerous situation, but just like the weather radios they have their limitations and their specific use in the larger picture of emergency preparedness. I am not aware of anyone in the U.S. that promotes Outdoor Warning Sirens as a means for notifying people in their homes, cars or when they are asleep, that is the primary reason we, the entire Emergency Management community, try to educate residents to pay close attention to local media and to own a NOAA weather radio for their home.

If you would like more information on how you and your family can be better prepared during an emergency, I would invite you to attend our free Community Emergency Response Team training. This course is designed to teach you basic preparedness skills and information so that should an emergency strike, you’ll be better prepared for the situation.


Paul Siebert
Assistant Chief
Frisco Fire Department

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