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City Considers Buying Tornado Sirens

Hendersonville Fire Department Chief Jamie Steele Hendersonville Fire Department Chief Jamie Steele

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - Aldermen in Hendersonville are considering installing tornado sirens throughout the city.

It is an idea city leaders have had for awhile, but it has received renewed attention because several deadly storms have blown through the Sumner County community in the past few years.

In 2006, destructive storms ripped through the county. In February, parts of Sumner County were hit hard when a series of severe storms ripped across the state.

"Anything that we can do to have our public get a step ahead of a potential disaster or a potential emergency we're on board with," said Hendersonville Fire Department Chief Jamie Steele.

Steele is working with the city's public safety committee as it researches the idea.

The city has not had any sirens since the 1990s. The sirens were removed because of major maintenance problems.
"Quite honestly the ones we had then were antiquated at best," Steele said.

Residents such as Tom Tomerlin said they are glad to know city leaders are trying to be proactive when it comes to safety.

To him, a siren signifies a red flag that alerts residents a serious weather situation has developed.

"We couldn't believe they didn't have them already," Tomerlin said about the sirens.

City leaders are in the beginning stages of discussions about the matter. The next time it will come up is at a public safety meeting in April.

The devices would cost the city $25,000-$30,000 apiece. It is unclear how many sirens the city would buy and where they would be posted.

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