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Oregon to double number of emergency sirens

OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The city of Oregon is doubling its number of outdoor warning sirens.

No one in Oregon has to be reminded of the power of severe weather. An EF2 tornado that started in Perrysburg Township on Nov. 17 eventually touched down in Oregon. Several homes were damaged.

"We immediately heard from a lot of citizens that they didn't hear the sirens, or said the sirens were very faint and that they could only hear them when they were outside," said Chief Mike Navarre with the Oregon Police Department.

The twister came as Oregon City Council learned it was approved for a grant to add four new emergency sirens to the five it already had. The new sirens will have updated technology and be strategically placed to better cover areas having trouble hearing the alert.

The sirens will be placed at Starr Elementary School, Eagles Landing, Parkgelande Estates on Pickle Road and Cedar Point Development Park.

"So this, mixed with our call alert system and every other system that is out there, television, radio, whatever, we will try to maximize the use of all the possibilities of notifying someone," explained Oregon Mayor Michael Seferian.

Oregon City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve spending $46,000. The city's responsibility is to match the other 50 percent from the grant.

"We're definitely making a giant step in the right direction," said Navarre.

With local money now approved, the police chief says the new sirens should be in place by early summer.

Whether practicing in a tornado drill or sheltering during a warning, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages you to DUCK!

D - Go DOWN to the lowest level
U - Get UNDER something
C - COVER your head
K - KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed

Find more tornado safety tips from the OCSWA.

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