Why Fort Collins doesn't have tornado sirens

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - If a tornado strikes Fort Collins, you might hear the wind roaring outside, or an automated chime from your cellphone.

You definitely won’t hear the wail of a tornado siren.

Those new to the area might be surprised to learn that Fort Collins, Larimer County and even Windsor, which had an EF3 tornado inflict significant damage on the town in 2008, don’t have tornado warning sirens.

In Fort Collins, the absence of sirens is partly because the city hasn't seen a tornado in nine years, which makes it hard to justify costly siren upkeep. But it's also because tornado sirens are dinosaurs in terms of emergency management technology.

Longmont City Council decided unanimously last month to save $500,000 by forgoing repairs for its malfunctioning tornado sirens, the latest move in a nationwide exodus from sirens.

Read more at the Coloradoan: http://noconow.co/2q0CCqU

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