BARTLETT, Tenn. — Denise Smith is often out taking her dog for a walk. When the severe weather sirens go off, she never knows if she should high tail it home or the severe weather is in some other part of Shelby County. Currently the Bartlett sirens sound if there’s a threat anyplace in the county.
Smith welcomes the City of Bartlett’s plan to only sound their sirens if there’s a threat in her city’s limits.
Assistant Fire Chief Danny Baxter said the technology is there.
“There’s no reason to sound alarms for Bartlett residents when there’s a storm in Collierville,” said Baxter.
Bartlett officials want people to know when they hear that sound, it’s serious and it’s for them.
“The benefit is to reduce false alarms and complacency with false alarms. so people realize if these sirens go off we’re in imminent danger,” said Baxter.
The same system has been in place in cities across the country for many years.
In those communities, sirens only sound when a tornado is in your neighborhood.
Shelby County never took on that task, calling it too risky and difficult to keep track of all those storms.
“With the technology and how it’s improved, we have the capability to be more specific,” said Tim Simpson, WREG’s Chief Weather Anchor.
Simpson said Bartlett’s move is a good one, even though you can often times get that same specific information someplace else.
“We’re doing the exact same thing with WeatherCall. We’re not sending you a phone call to you if you live in Millington if the threat is in Collierville or Bartlett,” said Simpson.