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June 14, 2014

Strang gets storm siren

PRYOR, OK — The town of Strang now has an outdoor storm siren.

“Michael Coatney and Strang’s Mayor Bill Fairsheets have been working hard the last few weeks to get this siren,” said Mayes County Emergency Management Director Johnny Janzen. “The City of Pryor discontinued use of the old sirens when they bought new ones about a year ago.”

Janzen said Pryor Mayor Jimmy Tramel has been helpful in trying to get sirens to communities that do not have access to or means to buy one.

“We tested the siren Wednesday at noon and it worked, so it’s ready to go. We will test on Wednesdays, weather permitting, at noon,” said Janzen, adding the siren will be activated for tornado warnings that would affect the town of Strang.

Janzen reminds the community that these storm sirens are for outdoor use and are not intended to be heard inside homes and buildings.

“You should purchase a weather radio for indoor warnings. It is also good to note there will not be an all-clear signal used. If you hear the siren go off more than once it is because an additional tornado warning has been issued,” said Janzen.

Janzen said it has been a priority to bring a storm siren for Strang for some time.

“I’m excited to see them get this, I think it will be good for them,” said Janzen, adding that this is Strang’s first storm siren.

MCEM operates sirens from the Emergency Operations Center in Pryor. Within Mayes County Pryor, Chouteau, Locust Grove, Salina, Adair, Langley, Disney, Grand Lake Town, Rocklahoma grounds, Lakeland, Dry Gulch and Google all have sirens.

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