The Tempest-121 Omni Directional Siren was purchased with sales tax money at a cost of $24,000.
The American Signal Corporation siren was mounted on an AEP pole next to the George West Police Department, according to Sandra Martinez, GW city manager.
“The city council approved the purchase of the mechanical siren several months ago,” Martinez said.
“Safety of our citizens is high on the council’s priority list. The council agreed that advanced disaster warning systems are usually the most cost-effective way to alert the public in time of emergency,” she said.
She noted that ASC mechanical sirens have time-tested architecture with up-to-date technology and manufacturing techniques that retain the basic design of sirens to deploy when tornados, hurricanes, fire and industrial warnings are needed.
On Friday, the sirens were tested, and some residents were probably wondering what was happening. The siren signals that day were only tests.
Martinez advised that George West residents should know the following:
One signal – will signify noontime. The siren will go off every Monday through Friday at noon. This will help keep the siren maintained, as well.
Two signals – will signify a fire within the city limits.
Three signals – will signify bad weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes.
“Further instructions will be discussed with the public at a later date,” Martinez said.
She said this emergency siren warning system was acquired from sales tax directly because of the Eagle Ford Shale boom in George West.