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Without storm sirens Greenbrier hopes alert system catches on

Against a backdrop of severe weather and possible tornadoes Wednesday, one Arkansas town is doing away one of the loudest ways to let you know danger is coming.
GREENBRIER, AR - Against a backdrop of severe weather and possible tornadoes Wednesday, one Arkansas town is doing away with one of the loudest ways to let you know danger is coming.

The tornado sirens in Greenbrier are silent.

"The old sirens, half the people can’t hear them anyway and you'd have to own a bank to service them, cost so much to service them," Melton Cotton says.

So Greenbrier mayor Melton Cotton pulled the plug on them last year.

The new system is called Code Red. Administered by Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management, residents sign up online with voice notifications sent by phone.

"I've got it on my phone here right now,” says Daniel Smallzy.

Melton wants the word out, so the Code Red sign up is printed on every Greenbrier water bill and there's even a giant billboard on Hwy 65 south of Spring Hill advertising that the service is available. But from people we talked with today, clearly not everyone knows it is out there.

"I don’t even know what it is,” Lisa Wilcox says.

Goins says "Is it something that you use?" Sam Keller says: "I’m not familiar with it."

"Some people don't even know what we're talking about but we try to explain it,” Cotton says. “Once we do everybody seems like they're pretty well satisfied with it."

But with severe weather looming, real concern not enough people in Greenbrier know its there and that the sirens won't alert you anymore.

The Faulkner County OEM can not say how many residents in Greenbrier are signed up for Code Red but did say just over 8,000 people are signed up for weather warnings in Faulkner County.

With a population of just over 108,000 that means just over 7% percent of the population is prepared to severe weather alerts through Code Red.
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