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If a tornado were to sweep through Bryan or College Station, you might hear its roar. But you wouldn't hear sirens of an early warning system, because neither city has tornado sirens.
College Station resident Brad Harris says the absence of the sirens causes concern.
"Public safety is priority number one. We need to do everything within our power to protect the citizens of College Station and the surrounding areas," says Brad Harris, College Station resident.
The twin cities are on the southern tip of tornado alley. After seeing the tornado damage in Waco, only 90 miles away, Harris says the time to act is now.
"We've become too complacent. We think that tornadoes just don't occur in this area, but they in fact do," said Harris.
Harris took his concerns to College Station officials and had a meeting with them a few weeks ago.
College Station fire chief Robert Alley was in that meeting. He says while the city doesn't have a siren system, it does offer free weather radios to concerned citizens.
"We do have the early warning weather radios that are available for citizens. It alerts you in the middle of the night and wakes you up if bad weather is approaching," said Robert Alley, chief, College Station Fire Department.
The city also works with TV and radio stations to interrupt programming with weather alerts. Officials from both cities say they've looked into installing sirens, but given the cost they aren't convinced it's the best option.
"Right now we're in excess of over $100,000 to even attempt to do something. That's just initial cost, it would be ongoing maintenance and different costs associated with it," said Alley.
"I think we need to prioritize what's most important and to me a human life is more important than anything," said Harris.
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