April through June are the peak months for the tornado season in Arkansas, and the City of Flippin is ready to alert residents of severe weather with a just installed outdoor storm warning system.
Flippin Fire Chief Glenn Chapman says this is the first time the city has had an actual certified storm warning system. The unit is located at the Flippin Fire Department.
Chapman says when the storm warning system is activated during inclement weather, it will sound for three to five minutes and continue every 10 minutes for the duration of the event.
He says when the next threat of severe weather is forecasted, the system is ready to be utilized.
The Flippin fire chief says the system is ready for its first use.
The system will also be utilized for civil defense emergencies.
Chapman says his department is developing a testing schedule he anticipates will be used every two weeks.
The cost of the system was just over $18,000, with about one-third of the expense covered with a grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Division of Rural Services.
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