Cherokee Nation helps Cherokee Heights get storm siren


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation recently donated $1,750 to Mayes County Emergency Management for the installation of a storm siren at Cherokee Heights area in Pryor.

“The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation believes in being good neighbors, and this an excellent example of that commitment,” said Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation Executive Director Gary Cooper. “More than 213 individuals, a number of headstart students and countless neighbors will benefit from this project. We appreciate Mayes County thinking of us when they upgraded their sirens and are glad we can be just a small part of their efforts.”

The installation of a siren at Cherokee Heights is part of an overall plan of Mayes County Emergency Management to upgrade the storm siren system in the city of Pryor. The tribe’s donation covered the cost of installation. Mayes County Emergency Management donated and will maintain the siren.

“The reason Mayes County Emergency Management are upgrading the siren system is basically due to the age of the system and cost of maintaining the old sirens,” said Mayes County Emergency Manager Johnny Janzen. “It was time to replace the sirens with a new system, however, we had a couple of sirens that are relatively new, and decided to place one in the Cherokee Heights and Sportsman Acres area because it is a community with a large population that would benefit from a storm siren.”

The Cherokee Heights housing addition is owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation. The housing addition consists of 88 apartments, a majority of which are three-bedroom units for low-income families.

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Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896 

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