City researching new storm siren systems

Mayor James Sanders (Source: KAIT-TV)
Mayor James Sanders (Source: KAIT-TV)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - When severe weather hits, storm sirens are vital in keeping a community safe.

One city in the area is working to upgrade their storm sirens just in time for severe weather season.

Blytheville Mayor James Sanders said their siren system hasn't been replaced since the 1980's.

The system they're using now works, but several of the parts are outdated and couldn't be replaced if they break.

The city is now looking into different storm warning sirens to decide which system will work best at keeping their community safe during severe storms.

"We've had people to do an analysis to find out what would be the best for our community so that everyone can get an early warning about any storms or tornadoes in the area and allow our police officers and our firefighters the ability to activate them in a very timely manner," Sanders said.

Mayor Sanders said the city is looking at money from the police and fire funds, as well as the public safety tax to possibly fund the upgrades.

Sanders said the safety of the citizens is something the city needs to invest in.

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