Why Don't Some Texas Cities Have Outdoor Warning Sirens? Curious Texas Investigates

When there's a potential tornado threat to Dallas-Fort Worth, outdoor sirens let residents know, but not every Texas city operates the same warning system.The city of Dallas has 162 sirens to warn residents about an imminent weather emergency. Fort Worth has 153. But Austin, Houston and San Antonio have gone a different route.Austin Miller was born in downtown Dallas and grew up in Richardson and Garland, before moving to Houston. While living in the Houston area — first in Sugar Land and later in Cypress — Miller noticed the absence of the sirens he had grown used to in North Texas.Miller wanted to know: Why don’t some areas in Texas have outdoor warning sirens? Miller’s question is part of Curious Texas, an ongoing project from The Dallas Morning News that invites you to join in our reporting process. The idea is simple: You have questions, and our journalists are trained to track down answers.  Continue reading...

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