Metro Nashville installing 20 new tornado sirens, upgrading system

Metro Nashville will install 20 new tornado sirens throughout the county. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Metro Nashville will install 20 new tornado sirens throughout the county. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Metro Nashville will install 20 new tornado sirens throughout the county. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Beginning this week, Metro Nashville's Office of Emergency Management will begin the next phase of upgrading Davidson County’s existing tornado warning system.

As part of the project, crews will install sirens at 20 new sites across the county, according to a news release. Most of the sirens are located at parks, schools and public venues.


Following the installation of each new siren, crews will conduct a test that may be audible for about 20 seconds. Sites will only be tested Monday through Friday if the weather is clear, officials with the OEM said.

The new sites will expand the system’s existing footprint into more rural areas of the county, bringing the total to 113 sirens, according to the release. Once the system is fully upgraded, only the sirens located inside warned areas will sound, as opposed to all sirens countywide.

The overall project is expected to be completed later this year.