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Installed in 2009 near the Middle School, it will sound when there is a tornado warning for our immediate area and can be heard outdoors over most of the city. Remember that storm sirens are intended as outdoor warning systems. During high winds and heavy rains, residents in well-insulated buildings with television or radios on may not hear the siren. It is designed to work even if electricity is off in the city.
Hyper-Reach Emergency Phone Notification System.
Johnston County Emergency Management Director Jason Bryant has announced that a new caller ID number has been established for the county's Hyper-Reach emergency phone notification system. The new caller ID name is Johnston Alerts, and the number is (580) 387-0070. This is a local number for the Johnston County area. Anyone who wants emergency alerts can sign up on the Hyper-Reach system; contact Jason Bryant at (580) 371-0174; or go to the Hyper-Reach web site.
NOTE: Currently (2016), there are no public storm shelters in the city
Other Warning Services
NOAA Weather Radios
This is the warning system most highly recommended by emergency management professionals. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) issues all severe storm warnings from their Norman, Ok headquarters, and all local storm sirens and storm notifications use this NOAA source for sounding local alarms. Having a NOAA radio in your home lets you hear the NOAA warning as soon as it is issued. NOAA radios have battery backup, so they work even if the electricity is off. Both Houser's Furniture and Courtesy PC in Tishomingo offer the weather radios at very competitive prices. Tip: select a radio which lets you filter the warnings by warning type and by geographic area so that you don't have to listen to a tornado warning for Lawton at 3 a.m. unless you want to. The Midland WR300 is a well-reviewed radio which has this feature.
Television and Internet
Local television stations provide excellent storm information and tracking, and both KTEN and KXII offer both phone and internet storm notification services (check their web pages). They rely on NOAA information as well as providing information from their own local weather and radar resources. Online weather resources such as www.weather.com and the NOAA web site www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ may also be useful. However, power outages can disrupt television and internet service.
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