Woodward Mayor wants more tornado safety measures

Posted on: 9:13 pm, April 17, 2012, by and , updated on: 07:57pm, April 26, 2012


WOODWARD, Okla. — Mayor Roscoe Hill believes more needs to be done to make sure outdoor tornado sirens always work properly.

Prior to the deadly tornado Sunday, many residents in the area tell us they did not hear the sirens.

“With the technology we have today, it’s an absolute shame to lose lives in something like this,” Mayor Hill said.

Mayor Hill believes there needs to be a back-up system for the tornado sirens to ensure that they never malfunction.

Officials confirmed that there were some issues with the system.

“It is a piece of technology and technology does fail sometimes and here we lost power. We had a number of sirens that didn’t go off because we didn’t have power,” Matt Lehenbauer said, Emergency Management Director.

Emergency management wants to remind people the sirens are not designed to be heard inside homes.

Officials say it is important people also have a weather radio and take other measures to track tornadoes.