PALM COAST, FL -- After deadly tornadoes tore through Central Florida in February, Pastor Tom Bingol of St. Mark Lutheran Church By the Sea in Palm Coast had an idea.He
could help warn the community around his
church by equipping the church carillon with a severe weather warning siren.
"The church carillon is such a common accoutrement for so many churches," Bingol
wants other churches across Flagler County to use their carillons as well so that a system of warning sirens can help protect the county.He
plans to eventually propose the idea to the county, and with the county Emergency Operations Center try a county wide pilot program.Bingol
says electronic church carillons already have 75 percent to 90 percent of the equipment needed for a sire system.He
says a typical siren tower costs almost $100,000, but retrofitting a carillon would cost about $1,500.