WICHITA — With several deadly tornadoes ravaging the Midwest recently, Sedgwick County commissioners this morning approved adding $380,000 to the county’s capital improvement plan to upgrade tornado sirens.
The county will take over operation of 52 sirens now overseen by individual cities.
All 153 sirens across the county will be updated with equipment that will allow for more precise warnings. For example, instead of all 153 sirens sounding for a tornado threat in western Sedgwick County, only those sirens in the western part of the county would sound.
The county already had approved upgrades to the 101 sirens it owned and operated. The commission’s vote today will extend the upgrades to warning devices owned by cities within the county.
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Cost of the entire project is more than $1.2 million.