Debunking a Dangerous Myth About Tornado Sirens

The past few days, tornadoes have ravaged Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service had been warning for days that a potent storm system would produce this type of activity. There are always complaints during storm systems like this that no tornado siren could be heard in various areas. What most people don’t know is that tornado sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching. They were never designed to warn people inside homes, businesses, schools, churches or any other structure. For alerts indoors at home or in the workplace, it’s recommended that people have a weather radio, much like they have smoke detectors to warn of impending fire. Most smartphones today either come with a weather app or can be equipped with one for free.