TESTING, TESTING—Lake County Mayor Denny Johnson watches as Ed Wise of Sirens for Cities tests the new storm siren by Reelfoot Lake. Photo by Lindsey Bell.

Lindsey A. Bell


For the first time in Lake County history, citizens living around Reelfoot Lake will have a storm siren to alert them about tornado warnings.

Ed Wise with Sirens for Cities finished installation and ran an initial test on it the morning of Thursday, October 24.

According to Lake County Mayor Denny Johnson, the siren will reach approximately 500 people on average, and depending on conditions may reach as far as Samburg.

“We’re finally able to protect the folks [on the lake] from storms,” said Mayor Johnson.

The siren is wirelessly linked to Tiptonville’s storm siren, so it will only go off when Tiptonville’s does. Because of this link, the Tiptonville siren’s tests will also trigger the lake siren.

According to Tiptonville’s fire chief, John Parker Dean, the siren is regularly tested but not at a particular time. This is an effort to avoid the siren test happening at the same time as any inclement weather, which could cause citizens to think a tornado has touched down in the area.

Discussions of securing a storm siren for the lake area began back in 2016, but the Lake County Commission could not move forward with it at that time due to lack of funds. Luckily a grant opportunity came along this year, making storm siren plans a reality.

The siren is located on Gooch Road on the Reelfoot Utility District property next to the water tower.

“I’m appreciative to the water department for giving us somewhere to put the siren,” Mayor Johnson said.


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