Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson and Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson have proposed the formation of a task force that will consider the issue of emergency notifications during severe weather.
The mayor posted a statement on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon saying he will be offering a resolution on the next city council agenda to "study all available options in regards to emergency notifications during severe weather events."
The mayor said:
"There is growing interest and pressure to install tornado sirens in Lubbock and we feel as though there is not enough good information available now to make an informed decision.
"The resolution will call for a task force consisting of County Judge Tom Head, myself, Emergency Management Coordinator Jay Parchman, a Texas Tech representative, a Cooper ISD representative, a Lubbock ISD representative, a Frenship ISD representative, a National Weather Service employee, as well as several more weather and emergency preparedness experts.
"This task force will would be charged with creating a comprehensive plan to address to needs of Lubbock and our immediate surrounding area in response to tornadic events.
"We would like for all parties involved to be on the same page and try to work together. Hopefully we will find some synergies and create a system that is a much safer and economical solution than if we all act independently. We are not opposed to sirens, but we do want to make sure that we are making the best possible decisions when dealing with public safety as well as taxpayers monies."
On Thursday, KCBD launched its "Support Our Sirens" campaign, aimed at sending a petition in support of sirens to City Hall. The petition is available here: http://bit.ly/10EFaaS.
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