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