Policy changes for tornado sirens

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — As Alabama moves into tornado season, some municipalities are changing their policies regarding outdoor sirens. Some emergency responders consider them a lifesaving tool, others call the sirens outdated technology.

Those in favor of the sirens say they still play an important role, especially for people who are outdoors or out of cell phone range. Others say, if one siren goes off, they all do. That’s a problem because it may teach people to tune out the sound. The city of Pelham is planning to phase out their sirens, except around schools and outdoor venues, like parks and the Oak Mountain Amphitheater.

Bullock County has completely phased out their sirens for financial reasons.

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