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Pelham plans to phase out some of their outdoor warning sirens

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One of the city's warning sirens. Source: WBRC video One of the city's warning sirens. Source: WBRC video

The city of Pelham is looking to phase out certain outdoor warning sirens in certain locations.

Last year city officials balked at spending thousands of dollars to replace and repair four sirens in the city.

"I saw that at Shoal Creek of the April 27 tornados. A lot of people never heard their neighborhoods out there," Pelham Fire Chief Danny Ray said.

Mayor Gary Waters says with so many other ways to get weather alerts putting tax dollars into ineffective warning sirens did not make sense.

FOX6 Chief Meteorologist J-P Dice has urged people for years not to rely on outdoor warning sirens during impending weather threats.

"I think for too long people have for too long the false sense of security the sirens is going to wake them up. That is something it was never designed to do," Dice said.

Pelham will not remove all sirens. The city plans to maintain sirens in key areas which will have a large amount of people such as municipal ballparks and the Oak Mountain Amphitheater.

"Large congregations where there is a large amount of people. They will be maintained," Ray said.

February is Severe Weather Awareness Month. Dice said it would be a good time for people to look at other was to get weather alert warnings.

"I encourage people to have multiple devices to get severe weather warnings. That might mean a weather radio, smart phone or a number of devises. Don't rely on one method," Dice said.

The city of Pelham plans to launch its own education program to inform their citizens of other ways to stay weather aware.

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