May 17, 2024

EMA Director Wants Another Way To Inform Public of Severe Weather

Garden City, KS ( During Tuesday’s thunderstorms emergency sirens went off briefly in Garden City even though the National Weather Service had not issue a tornado warning.  Despite some confusion, Emergency Management Director Michael Paz-Torres stands by his decision to fire the sirens.

Paz-Torres says peak winds reached 85 MPH.  As for why the sirens lasted only seconds.

Emergency Management could receive the latest tool to notify the public during a severe weather event.   The mass notification system that EMA Director Michael Paz Torres wants would disseminate urgent messages to the public in a moment’s notice.

The cost for the system is 14-thousand dollars.  Paz-Torres will make the request next month before the Finney County Commissioners.