Some communities experiment with voice alerts

Some communities experiment with voice alerts

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - More communities in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri are experimenting or purchasing new technology that could change the way people get weather alerts.

As technology grows, we hear more voices coming from things that aren't human. You likely receive alerts through your phone with the Region 8 Weather App. However, most of us are programmed to hear what sounds like a WWII air raid siren as a tornado siren when we're outside.

Cities like Harrisburg in Poinsett County and Poplar Bluff in Butler County now have the type of tornado siren that can speak to you. It can also be programmed to sound the typical tornado siren.

In Jonesboro, we have never heard a voice during tornado warnings. According to E911 Director Jeff Presley, our sirens have the capability.

"We do not activate that on this at all," said Presley.

Presley also said changing the sound of the sirens might be too confusing.

Another thing about the alerts is that the tornado siren rotates. As it rotates, people could miss a few of the spoken words.

"It's going to go this way for a second and then that away," said Presley. "So it's going to be hard to understand a voice audio on that siren."

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