Who could soon forget the terrible scene that played out on live television earlier this year as an EF5 tornado ripped through the town of Moore, Oklahoma.
That tornado killed 23 people, injured almost 400 others and wiped parts of the town completely off the map.
That's why KCBD launched our S.O.S. campaign in support of raising tornado sirens in Lubbock.
A sad reminder came again over the weekend with the death and destruction caused by tornados in the Midwest, and emergency sirens were once again credited with saving lives in a storm that included the worst two tornados in a November in 100 years.
Early this year, Lubbock City Council appointed a committee to study the siren issues and report back. Well that committee agrees that sirens are among the systems that Lubbock citizens need in order to have the earliest warning possible.
I hope the Lubbock City Council will take this recommendation seriously and bring emergency sirens back to Lubbock. Many questions still remain before it can become a reality, but it should be at the top of the priority list.
I commend the council for having a group study the issue. I thank the committee for their work and their recommendation.
Now it's up to council members to follow through with their obligation to keep this community safe. The clock is ticking.
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