The biggest complaint of West Omaha residents was that sirens didn’t sound until after the tornado had done most of its damage. But Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Doug Ahlberg says that waiting for the sirens is not your safest bet. Last Wednesday, when Lancaster County was under a tornado warning, his family was unable to hear the sirens.
“But my neighbor across the street heard them, so it’s kinda one of those catch 22 type situations where depending on the wind velocity, wind direction, how far you are away from them, you’re not going to hear them at two o’clock in the morning.”
Ahlberg says a weather radio is a good investment and in the coming weeks, Lancaster County will have an automated emergency call system that will dial your home phone in the event of a tornado warning.