Oklahoma is arguably the most prepared state in the country when it comes to tornadoes. And their experience tells them tornado sirens are important.
So when is Lubbock going to wake up?
Here's some feedback after my comments last week supporting tornado sirens:
Timothy writes, "Sure, we live in a digital age, but that doesn't mean people are actually paying attention to what is going on around them. Sirens get the message out that it's time to take heed. Sirens can be a final and only line of defense for those driving, riding bicycles, taking part in a sporting event or just doing their daily tasks (at work). The city needs to spend resources addressing this need that actually has a direct impact on citizens."
Well said, Timothy.
Another viewer says, "I was a mail carrier in Plainview. Unless someone has the kindness to tell you to take cover, there is no way to know it."
Another viewer writes, "We moved here from Amarillo. There was a small tornado back in the Spring of 1999 and my older kids were on the bus. The sirens were the only warning they had!"
This comment came from Brandon:
"This is another proving point that our city continues to spend money on big projects without covering the basics of city government."
Mikela agrees by saying, "Texas Tech campus has sirens, but preparedness and a good warning system are key to saving lives because, like you said, 'It's not if, but when.'"
Thank you, Mikela. And thanks to everyone who wrote in.
Now, I have yet to hear any argument against sirens that makes sense. So to the members of the Lubbock City council that said on the record they are undecided or against tornado sirens, what else do you need to hear?
Do your job: Put it to a vote and put tornado sirens up in Lubbock.
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