Denton County Sirens
Possibly. But no one can deny that Outdoor Warning Sirens are
an important part of our lives. This series of pages is dedicated to the
siren systems in the communities where I live and work.
Often the siren is the last resort to warn people of approaching danger.
Some material here is not my own. Credit will be given appropriately
where this is so.
If you want to use any of the pictures here, please ask me first before you use them.
Now then, here are the currently featured communities in the Denton County Area
Lewisville, Texas (New Whelen system)
Lewisville, Texas (Old FS Thunderbolt 1000 system)
Highland Village, Texas
University of North Texas Campus (old EOWS-612 sirens)
University of North Texas Campus (new Tempest 128 Sirens)
Flower Mound, Texas
Little Elm, Texas
The Colony, Texas
Trophy Club, Texas
Siren News Articles
Mirrored or Donated Manuals
Video programs featuring Sirens
My personal Siren Collection
I like a lot of different sirens, so I divided them up into classic (i.e. not made any more) and current (in production) This is more or less a ranking from highest to lowest
Classic (no longer in production)
Air Raid Sirens.com: This
site has a unique Siren Database (requires Macromedia Shockwave) and has
lots of in-depth technical information about sirens. Adam also has quite
a personal collection of sirens, and has even built and designed a siren
of his own. Be sure to check out the Projects section, especially the
Doorbell Siren and his Thunderbolt restoration project.
I personally would like to thank Adam for giving us a new forum to discuss sirens once again.
Warning Sirens Board: This is Adam's new Warning siren board. The
old Amazing Forums board is closed and all siren discussion should be conducted
Cold War Era Civil Defense Sirens: This is a very cool site run by a fellow Texan by the name of Eric Green. The site is all about Civil Defense, but he has some very interesting siren information. Eric also is one of those lucky people that has his own Thunderbolt 1000 that he is restoring. There are also some pictures here of the elusive ACA Hurricane. Man if I had only known about Garland's Hurricanes before it was too late. He has some pictures of Richardson's new T-128 system, as well as the sirens in his hometown of Allen. Eric was recently featured on the local news in a segment talking about civil defense.
Tornado Siren Everything Site: This is Dan Drega's site, and has a lot of information and pictures of some Midwest sirens (Iowa, Nebraska, etc). It also has some cool handmade drawings, and some advice for those seeking to buy a siren. He also has a ranking of sirens from loudest to quietest.
The Online Siren
Museum: This page has a lot of interesting historical information, as well
as a picture of the extremely elusive Gasoline Powered Allertor. There are also
copies of ASC's online newsletters available for download. Ben is a dealer for
CTI Sirens, makers of the Storm Master.
Sirens for Cities: Need
a siren? Ed Wise runs Sirens for Cities, and can possibly help your
small town or city get a much-needed warning siren. He takes siren
parts and such as well. He's restored many classic sirens to better
than showroom condition. Ed is also a licensed dealer for Sentry Sirens in
case you'd want a brand-new siren.
VictorySiren.com: Few people know about the ultimate classic air raid siren, the Hemi-powered Chrysler. David Stall is a fellow Texan (living south of me in Houston), and he has managed to acquire one of these rare beasts. Victorysiren will detail the restoration process of this unique find through its restoration and display. David is also assembling the biggest collection of all Chrysler-related literature out there. So, if you want to learn about the biggest, baddest air-raid siren of them all, go check out Victorysiren.
Siren World: It isn't just us Americans
that are crazy about sirens. Here's an Australian's take on sirens. ThunderboltGuard
has done very well with his site (though hampered by server space restrictions).
I especially love the Thunderbolt video on the site. TBG is quite a Photoshop
wizard and has done some great editing of pictures I've taken and managed to
mess up. Oh, and perhaps the best part is that he hates Whelens
with a passion.
American Signal: Makers of the T128, featured in the Denton and Flower Mound pages above. They also make the fearsome T-135, and the small but powerful T-121.
Federal Signal: Makers of the 2001 and EOWS * 612 sirens featured in the Highland Village, Little Elm and UNT Campus pages above.
Whelen: Makers of several omni-directional and oscillating electronic sirens. Most of their sirens are voice-capable. Featured in the new Lewisville system.
Sentry Sirens: Formerly called Sterling
Siren, this small Colorado firm hand-builds electromechanical Omni-directional
sirens.They can even make them in stainless steel if you need them totally rust-proof.
Acoustic Technology, Inc: ATI has been making warning systems for over 20 years, yet are a relative unknown in the industry. Their Soundblaster line of electronic sirens can alert your citizens with 3200 watts of audio power.
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Last updated 10/1/2004