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Columbus To Add 14 New Tornado, Emergency Sirens

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Emergency authorities said Tuesday that they will install more than a dozen new tornado sirens around Franklin County. Now, neighborhoods that could once barely hear a siren will be able to hear that warning.

As we steamroll towards another tornado season, the City of Columbus is also moving to be ready.

The city will appropriate up to $120,000 for 14 new sirens throughout the city.

That money, along with grants totaling more than $136,000, will help cover more areas with tornado sirens.

"There is a methodology to it, a science. It doesn't mean there isn't experience and judgment, but it helps to be backed up and bullet proof to do this," said Mike Pannell, director of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security.

The agency teams up with local municipalities to find the best locations for new sirens.

They work from a process that looks at coverage, population, and other factors to get a gameplan moving forward on location.

One of those new spots will be along Lindora Drive, the site of Kidz Nation Childcare Center.

"Awesome, that will help us in advance. We can prepare, seek shelter. It is peace of mind," said teacher Shermaine Cortham.

Pannell tells NBC4 that in a recent survey, 85 percent of people said that sirens are their No. 1 way to know what is coming.

"Shocked us, 85 percent, kind of amazing," Pannell said.

The construction of the sirens should begin by late April or early May.

The locations of the new sirens are:

  • Sawmill Road and Cranston Drive
  • East Livingston Avenue and Dellwood Avenue
  • East Broad Street and Cardinal Park Drive
  • Leonard Avenue and Brentnell Avenue
  • 4900 Block of Lindora Drive
  • East Broad Street and Broad Pointe Place
  • Cleveland Avenue and Bretton Woods Drive
  • North High Street and High Bluffs Blvd.
  • West North Broadway and Clearview Avenue
  • Olentangy River Road and Wakeford Street
  • 4500 Block of Wyandotte Drive
  • 600 Block of Marion Road
  • Roberts Road and Brookford Drive
  • Ohio State Fairgrounds

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