Hearing a storm siren a dozen or more times as tornadoes roll toward the city can be irritating, but there are important reasons why it happens, City of Oklahoma City officials explained in a Friday media release.
Sirens sounded each time the National Weather Service determined "a new, imminent tornado threat in Oklahoma City," they said. "Hearing a siren is your cue to get the latest information about the storms location from a television, radio, weather radio, social media or smartphone app and be prepared to take tornado precautions."
This also gives residents time to find shelter, said Emergency Manager Frank Barnes.
Our policy is to sound sirens everywhere in the City, no matter where the tornado threat is, so people know to seek more information about the weather and decide what protective measures they need to take," he said.
Download a real-time tornado warning app from The American Red Cross, available in Spanish and English, at redcross.org/mobile-apps/
City officials also reminded the community that it tests each of its 182 warning sirens on noon each Saturday, unless it is raining or the forecast calls for severe weather.