Carrollton Sounds Storm Sirens, Encourages Residents to Be Informed
The City of Carrollton activated its outdoor warning sirens during the storms on Sunday, January 15. These sirens are sounded in the event of severe weather including potential tornado development throughout the city.
It may have appeared to some residents that the sirens were activated after the storm had passed the area, but this was due to the circulation being embedded within the overall line of storms and behind the initial bands of heavy precipitation. This is very common with storm lines of this nature, especially when merging with a super-cell storm like the one that approached from the city’s southwest corner. It’s important to note, the main front of wind gusts may pass before the backside of the storm approaches.
The report from the National Weather Service (NWS) coupled with reports from Public Safety personnel to the North Texas Emergency Communication Center (NTECC) as well as reports of power flashes from local storm spotters prompted the use of the sirens.
The storm was well in progress when the circulation developed and reports pointed to a possible tornado touchdown in the southwest corner of the City traveling northeast. In the absence of a formal tornado warning from the NWS, but with notification of a potential developing circulation based on reports from the ground, the City triggered the sirens.
Two severe thunderstorm warnings were issued through CarrolltonAlert on Sunday, January 15 at approximately 9 and 9:30 p.m. The language in these warnings included the possibility of the storm producing a tornado with little to no warning. A dedicated tornado warning was not issued by the NWS therefore was not automatically sent via the notification system. Residents are encouraged to update their settings in their CarrolltonAlert accounts.
The City reminds citizens to sign up for the CarrolltonAlert program wherein participants receive real-time emergency updates to their email and cell phones.
Carrollton Fire Rescue incorporated CarrolltonAlert, a mass warning system powered by Everbridge, Inc. for residents to receive severe weather and emergency notifications via landline phones or mobile devices.
CarrolltonAlert gives citizens access to important information in a timely and accurate fashion. The City will use the system to send warnings from the NWS and other emergency agencies directly to Carrollton residents.
Recognizing the reality of today’s world, CarrolltonAlert allows users to register multiple means of contact, including home phones, work phones, mobile numbers, text messaging, and email.
By creating an account through the online registration portal, citizens can choose which alerts they wish to receive beyond the mandatory tornado warning alerts, City emergency alerts, and administrative messages. Additional optional alerts include severe thunderstorm watch and warnings, flash flood warnings, and winter storm warnings. The system also offers the option to designate a “quiet time” during which alerts will not be received.
CarrolltonAlert went live in January 2016. Citizens can sign up for the program at carrolltonalert.com and edit their alert settings.
Only minor storm impact on bulk and brush collections
Bulk and brush collection service may be running a little later each day this week due to the somewhat higher volumes as a result of the storm. However, if residents place the debris at the curb by their normal collection day, it will get picked up. For questions or to report delays in service, call 972-466-4950.
For more information on Carrollton weather practices, visit cityofcarrollton.com.