Monday, January 20, 2014
Should States Regulate Tornado Siren Activation?
The State of Indiana is considering being the first in the nation to regulate under what circumstances tornado sirens should be activated. The Kokomo Tribune reports,
Prior to the Joplin tornado, my response had been "no." Allow local communities to decide what best suits their needs. Since Joplin, I've changed my mind.
American has evolved into a mobile society. I know of a county where the three towns in the county each have different siren activation policies. That just doesn't work any more.
Secondly, in the 50's and 60's when sirens from WWII and for the cold war were first used to warn of tornadoes on a large scale, local communities often activated based on a firetruck sent to the southwest edge of town. Today, weather science has gotten so good that a policy primarily based around storm warnings makes sense.
I am not in favor of a federal standard at this point. Let's try it at the state level and learn the benefits and issues.