WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Jonathan Marr, the deputy director for Sedgwick County Emergency Management, joined “Kansas Today” on Monday, Feb. 27, to talk about Thunderbolt sirens. The sirens date back to the Cold War. Four of the oldest sirens are still being used in Sedgwick County.
“About a year ago, we took them down, had them refurbished, and put them back up in our system. We have reinstalled the oldest one at Station 32 in Park City. That is Sedgwick County Fire District,” Marr said on “Kansas Today.”
On Saturday, March 4, at Station 32 in Park City, 7750 N. Wyandotte Wy, a ribbon cutting was held for the oldest siren.
Sirens are just one way to receive a tornado warning. There are multiple ways, including weather apps like KSN Storm Track 3.
“The various different ways that you can get warning via cellphone, television, radio, weather radio and the outdoor warning system. These are all layers in a much wider strategy of warning the public,” Marr told KSN News on Saturday.
The KSN Storm Track 3 Weather team also attended the ribbon cutting and answered questions about Storm Tracker 3.
Sirens are tested each Monday at noon in Sedgwick County. A statewide tornado drill will be held on Tuesday, March 7.