Elgin's weather siren protocol - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Elgin's weather siren protocol

ELGIN, Okla._The Elgin Fire Department wants their residents to know the protocol for when they sound the alarms during severe weather.

This past Saturday, the department took heat for not sounding the alarms, even though the city was not in danger. Elgin's fire chief, Mike Baker, says during storms they are in contact with trained spotters and the county's emergency management officials. They sound the sirens when a threat is present for the city.

Baker also says an amateur spotter caused panic Saturday when he ran into businesses and started yelling to take cover even though the storm was still two hours away.

"His information wasn't correct, and it creates panic and makes the business owners mad that they ran everyone out when it wasn't needed," explained Baker.

Baker says when they sound the sirens, it will be for three minutes, and they will not sound an all-clear siren. He adds if there is a tornado on the ground, the siren will stay on until it has cleared the area.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LGBTQ allies celebrate as two discriminatory bills fail

    LGBTQ allies celebrate as two discriminatory bills fail

    Friday, March 24 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-03-24 21:56:52 GMT

    Two LGBTQ Bills did not pass the state Senate. Senate Bill 694 would have stripped Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman’s ability to protect against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in housing and employment. It also would have prevented other municipalities from passing similar ordinances.  

    Two LGBTQ Bills did not pass the state Senate. Senate Bill 694 would have stripped Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman’s ability to protect against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in housing and employment. It also would have prevented other municipalities from passing similar ordinances.  

  • Democratic budget plan eliminates tax breaks to fill $878 million gap

    Democratic budget plan eliminates tax breaks to fill $878 million gap

    Friday, March 24 2017 5:49 PM EDT2017-03-24 21:49:23 GMT

    On Thursday during the seventh week of the legislative session, Democrats laid out their plan to bridge an estimated $878 million budget gap and offer teachers promised raises. According to KWTV, democrats unveiled their plan to the media to raise $1.3 billion in revenue by simply rolling back income, corporate and oil tax breaks. They consider the plan a better alternative to the Governor's plan to raise taxes on services by $840 million.

    On Thursday during the seventh week of the legislative session, Democrats laid out their plan to bridge an estimated $878 million budget gap and offer teachers promised raises. According to KWTV, democrats unveiled their plan to the media to raise $1.3 billion in revenue by simply rolling back income, corporate and oil tax breaks. They consider the plan a better alternative to the Governor's plan to raise taxes on services by $840 million.

  • No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump

    No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump

    Friday, March 24 2017 5:48 PM EDT2017-03-24 21:48:01 GMT
    Friday, March 24 2017 5:48 PM EDT2017-03-24 21:48:01 GMT

    Republicans have set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul.

    Republicans have set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul.

Powered by Frankly