CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - The City of Canyon is purchasing five new Outdoor Emergency System sirens after the current sirens failed to sound during tornado activity on Saturday.
When the fire chief attempted to warn citizens of a tornado southeast of Canyon, he found issues preventing the activation of the emergency system.
“After this weekend’s failure, we found new issues in an antiquated system,” said Canyon Fire Chief Dennis Gwyn.
The city said the new sirens will provide better coverage for residents, increase reliability through the use of current technology and will be able to signal target parts of Canyon.
Officials authorized the purchase on Monday, and the total costs will be $150,000.
“Safety of our citizens during a significant weather event is of the upmost importance for Canyon,” said Joe Price, city manager. “We appreciate the leadership of the City Commission on being proactive in approving the upgrade of our existing siren system.”