Tornado Sirens in Florida?

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Coming Soon...Tornado Sirens in Oviedo, FL  Tornado Pic

After last years "close call" for its' residents, the City of Oviedo will become the first Florida municipality to be equipped with a tornado siren warning system at a total cost of $175,000. The system may be "old hat" to some midwestern transplants, but the system is to provide an an additional early warning for the community (alerts are currently issued on weather radio, television, and standard radio broadcast). The City has plans to install a total of eight sirens throughout the City by late summer or early fall of 2007. The current proposed locations include:

  • Alafaya Utilities Waste Water Plant
  • Evans Elementary
  • Sweetwater Park
  • Long Lake Park
  • Partin Elementary
  • Lockwood Road (close to Simmons Road)  
  • Aulin Avenue & S.R. 426
  • The main fire station next to City Hall
  • The last two additional sirens are slated for City's eastern and southern borders

 The sirens will only be triggered when a tornado warning (not a tornado watch) is issued in Seminole County.  If a tornado "watch" is issued for your area, it means that a tornado is "possible." while if a tornado "warning" is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been spotted, or shows strongly on radar, and it is time to go to seeksafe shelter immediately (in Florida the term "hunker down" applies).

It has been said that the most important thing you can do to prevent being injured in a tornado is to be ALERT to the onset of severe weather. Most deaths and injuries happen to people who are either unaware, uninformed, or both.  This new system should notify Oviedo residents who either are outdoors, sleeping, or otherwise not cognizant of the impending weather conditions.  Those who ignore the weather because of indifference or overconfidence may not perceive the actual danger...but thisnew siren system will force Oviedo citizens to stay aware and hopefully stay alive.


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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL
Hi Robert, my family is from Nebraska, and I can tell you those sirens come in very handy.  I spent many a night hunkered down in the basement at my grandmother's after the sirens went off.  Because Florida is prone to the drop down unannounced type of tornado, it would behoove other towns to get sirens as well.  In the midwest, when conditions are good for tornadic activity, volunteer spotters man high spots and scan the horizon for funnel clouds.  When one is spotted they radio in the information and the siren goes off.  The sirens in Oviedo will only work effectively if used in conjunction with spotters.  Otherwise people will become inured to the sound and stop paying attention if they are used too often.  Thanks for the information.
Jul 20, 2007 10:48 AM #1
Griselda Tealdo-Perez, REALTOR®, e-Pro, GRI, TRC
Coldwell Banker Real Estate - Miami Lakes, FL

Oh, so beautiful and sooo deadly! Love the picture of the tornado. 

Robert, it's scary to talk about tornadoes and hurricanes, but we have to live with them and use systems that prevent people from being hurt. 

Thanks for the news. 

Jul 20, 2007 11:20 AM #2
Dan Dowling
Dan Dowling - United Mortgage Capital Corp. - Altamonte Springs, FL


Thanks for posting this informative bit to the Central Florida group. Say hello to Eloise! We all need folks with "an ear to the ground" in central Florida.

Dan Dowling

Jul 21, 2007 05:29 AM #3

LOL LOL LOL, yeah, a couple of times those sirens have gone off and both times we pretty much just shrug and go back to what we were doing.

We don't have basements in Florida.  There's not a thing we can do if a tornado actually DOES come through here, and the fact is, they're very very rare.  So, we just ignore the sirens.   What a complete waste of funds to install and maintain them.

Jul 10, 2010 07:37 AM #4
glenn shell

There are the 2 short blast, then later 1 long siren sound = what do they MEAN ???

Jul 30, 2014 12:30 AM #5
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