|Updated: 5/22/2013 6:16 pm
||Published: 5/22/2013 6:06 pm
Tornado sirens cost $27,000 each, but they're designed to save lives.
On Wednesday, the city of Tulsa tested its tornado sirens, but as FOX23’s Sharon Phillips found it caused some people to panic.
When the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning an alert is sent out by hitting a button."
It's not meant to startle anyone, but instead alert them to get inside fast.
The city of Tulsa tests tornado sirens each Wednesday, but with the rainy, cloudy weather we've had lately it wasn't able to do so.
"We never test the sirens if there is a chance that someone could misinterpret the warnings," said Roger Joliff with Tulsa Area Emergency Management.
When the sirens blasted over Tulsa at noon on Wednesday, many stopped dead in their tracks.
“It certainly conjured up images of what just happened and made me more aware that if that goes off to pay a little bit more attention to it," said Randa Warren.
With the tornado victims of Shawnee and Moore on everyone's mind, Warren froze.
“It almost for a second paralyzed me when I heard it,” she said.
The same fear that shot through Warren’s heart also hit Chris Goss.
“The first thing I did was I looked outside looking to see what the sky looked like and I was a little afraid that another tornado had come especially after what's happened over the last few days," said Goss.
The city says doing the live test is extremely important to make sure all the sirens are working. After Wednesday’s check there are only three they are worried about.