All Tyler's Emergency Warning Sirens Now Working - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

1/11/06-Tyler

All Tyler's Emergency Warning Sirens Now Working

Tyler citizens can feel safer tonight, knowing all 30 of the city's emergency sirens are now working. For the last couple of months, KLTV has reported how the sirens in some parts of Tyler were not working.   Last week, KLTV asked the city why six sirens failed the city's warning system test, and what was going to be done about it.

A week later, the test was heard loud and clear throughout Tyler this morning. First a message warned citizens it was just a test, and then a series of siren sounds were heard.   For some, like KLTV 7's Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto, it was a sound not heard in awhile.

"It sounded like it was supposed to sound," said Mark Scirto, Chief Meteorologist. "It sounded like it did seven or eight months ago when the sirens were working." Last Wednesday, KLTV tried contacting the mayor and city manager about the problem. Police Chief Gary Swindle agreed to talk, and that day crews were out replacing batteries on all 30 sirens.

"The six not working last test period was enough obviously to put us on high alert and it caught our attention," said Chief Gary Swindle, Tyler Police Department. Chief Swindle says they will replace the batteries more often, as well as, get on a routine maintenance program.

"It's a learning process, but that's why we have the system and we are going to do a better job of making sure they are working," said Chief Swindle. It's good news Mark says for the entire city.

"I'm kind of sad that it took so long to get this resolved, but now that we are ready to go into the tornado season I'm pleased, and I think everybody in Tyler should be pleased," said Scirto. Next month, Chief Swindle says they will continue their regular testing schedule on the first Tuesday of the month, and he says if you notice a siren is not working, contact police department, so they can fix it.  

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly