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Kiefer's early storm warning system

A Creek County community will be able to keep a closer eye on severe storms thanks to an upgrade in technology. It means more information and resources for emergency workers and first responders.

News on 6 anchor Craig Day went to Kiefer to find out more.

When storm clouds roll into Kiefer, emergency workers wanted to know about them in advance. So the city is in the process of getting a big upgrade in severe weather technology. Kiefer Police Chief Stacey White: “they can give us the ability to warn the citizens ahead of time a little bit further in advance than what they used to. So they can seek shelter and so forth."

Over the past month, Kiefer has bought new computers, software that links the police department with the National Weather Service radar and a backup generator to power it if needed.

There are also plans to install two additional storm sirens. "These days, the technology is getting cheaper. Why not spend a few extra bucks for the safety of your people."

The city spent several thousand dollars for the upgrade. Some of the money came from emergency workers themselves.

Kiefer also invested in a new paging system, which automatically sends out severe weather alerts to pagers of police officers, firefighters and other first responders. That gives them instant access to much needed information. "In my opinion, it not only helps the safety of people, but the officers and the emergency personnel that responded."

With just 1,500 residents, they were big steps for a small town, but its one city leaders believe in. Something they say will prepare them the next time those clouds roll into town.

There are also plans to add a permanent weather station in Kiefer so the town can get current atmospheric readings. The police chief also hopes for an increased budget for severe weather training over the next few years.
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