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COMING SOON 5 A Cold Stone Creamery location will open in Round Rock at 110 N. I-35, Ste. 135, by early May at the latest, according to a company representative. Cold Stone Creamery has prepared ice cream des- serts on a frozen granite stone in all of its locations for more than 30 years. www.coldstonecreamery.com 6 A third Round Rock location of Dutch Bros Coffee is in early planning stages, according to city and company represen- tatives. A target opening date is not yet set, but the location could open in 2023, according to a company representative. Plans for the site include a 950-square- foot structure at 2630 S. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. www.dutchbros.com 7 Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers will open a Round Rock location in June at 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 395, ac- cording to a company representative. The new location will offer patients a holistic, whole-body approach to customized care plans. www.fyzical.com 8 The opening of Hoots Wings at 2200 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 125, Round Rock is delayed from a planned March opening, according to a company representative, with a new target date yet to be announced. The family-friendly Hooters spinoff franchise borrows its menu from its parent restaurant, offer- ing dine-in, takeout, an outdoor patio

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1 The Bar Louie location at 270 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock, opened April 15. The menu includes burgers, pasta, seafood, cocktails and beer. The first Bar Louie opened in Addison, Texas, in 1990. 512-957-8660. www.barlouie.com 2 Hometown Gift & Decor , a local bou- tique owned by Jessica Duarte, Amber Markee and Celise Ketch occupying the historic D.B. Gregg house in downtown Round Rock, held a grand opening April 9. Located at 400 E. Main St., the shop offers home decor and gifts. 512-243- 5847. www.shophometowntx.com 3 The Life Academy at Brushy Creek began offering child care services and private education in west Round Rock on March 3 at 3620 Hillside Drive. Classical and faith-based education; before- and after-school care for public school students; and holiday and summer camps are among the private school’s offerings. 512-757-1059. www.lifeacademyorg.com 4 A temporary Ralph Lauren Children’s pop-up shop opened at the Round Rock Premium Outlets, 4401 N. I-35, Ste. 807, March 21. The shop is open through July, according to the company. 512-864-1971. www.premiumoutlets.com

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and delivery options to its customers. Renovation of the fast-casual restaurant facility began August 2021. www.hootswings.com 9 Hutto-based barbershop Thig’s Dia- mond Kutz will open a second location May 25 following delays from a planned March opening. The new location is at 302 W. Main St., Ste. 102, Round Rock. 512-210-2456. Facebook: Thig’s Diamond Kutz 10 The Round Rock Via 313 location coming to 2111 N I-35, Ste. 380, will open in July, according to a company repre- sentative. The restaurant, which opened in Downtown Austin in 2011, will be the company’s fourth brick-and-mortar shop. Via 313 specializes in Detroit-style pies, has a full bar and serves pizza, salads,

appetizers and desserts. www.via313.com NAME CHANGES 11 Impact Chiropractic, located at 2681 Gattis School Road, Ste. 140, Round Rock, changed its name to Curis Functional Health in early March. Curis Function- al Health offers both chiropractic and functional health services, such as mental health and nutrition. 512-726-2120. www.gocuris.com/round-rock-texas NEWOWNERSHIP 12 The Tiemann Art Gallery and frame shop at 1706 N. Mays St., Round Rock, is seeking a new owner, according to a March 31 announcement. Anyone interested should contact owner Carrie

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located at 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, reopened with limited ame- nities April 4 amid ongoing repairs after a tornado damaged the facility. Amenities include gym courts, a pool, racquetball courts, an outdoor fitness area, a game room and group exercise spaces. 512-218- 3220. www.roundrocktexas.gov 15 IKEA announced its buyback program, introduced in late 2021, would become permanent at 37 of its U.S. stores, including the Round Rock location at 1 IKEA Way, effective April 1. As part of the program, customers can take some gently used items back to the retailer for store credit. Most textiles, baby items, small kitchen appliances and mattresses will not qualify. A complete list of items that do not qualify is available on the company’s website. 888-888-4532. www.ikea.com

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COMING SOON 3 A Billiard Factory location within Stone Hill Town Center at 19116 Lime- stone Commercial Drive, Pflugerville, should be open by May, according to store manager Dominic Sperazza. Billiard Factory sells pool tables and accessories as well as game room furniture, foosball tables, board games, arcade games and bar accessories. 512-271-7000. www.billiardfactory.com 4 A HerKare clinic is coming to 1509 Town Center Drive, Pflugerville, by early summer, according to a representative. The clinic will operate alongside an exist- ing Low T Center. HerKare is a women’s health clinic that specializes in hormone replacement therapy and overall well- ness. www.herkare.com 5 La Quinta Inn & Suites and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndam , a joint hotel located at 1408 Town Center Drive, Bldg. 1, Pflugerville, will be open by May 16, ac- cording to a hotel representative. When open, the hotels will feature an outdoor pool, a fitness center and free Wi-Fi. 800-753-3757. www.wyndamhotels.com RELOCATIONS 6 Whole Life Priorities reopened at a new address at 203 W. Main St., Ste. D, Pflugerville, on March 23. Whole Life Priorities, which formerly operated at

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821 Grand Avenue Parkway, Bldg. 1, Ste. 102, Pflugerville, offers mental health first aid, marriage seminars and retreats, counseling, health coaching and consult- ing among its services. 512-831-7676. www.wholelifepriorities.com IN THE NEWS 7 H2 Health acquired Austin-based Endeavor Physical Therapy on March 1. Endeavor has a dozen facilities across Central Texas, including locations in Bee Cave, Cedar Park and Pflugerville at 1601 E. Pflugerville Parkway, Bldg. 1, Ste. 1202. H2 Health now owns and operates 132 clinic locations nationwide. Endeavor founder Enrique Hazel said the partnership helps the business expand its footprint in Central Texas. 512-955-5257. www.endeavorrehab.com

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said his pizzas are made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. https://littleitalybrickovenpizza.net 2 A Wells Fargo branch, located at 1608 Town Center Drive, Ste. 650, Pflugerville, in Stone Hill Town Center opened Feb. 14. Wells Fargo offers sev- eral services for personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking as well as wealth management and small-busi- ness assistance. 512-354-3417. www.wellsfargo.com

1 Little Italy Brick Oven Pizza opened March 18 in an ice cream cone-shaped building at 2700 W. Pecan St., Ste. 950, Pflugerville. The pizzeria serves whole pies or pizza by the slice, and online or- dering for pickup or delivery is available through various apps featured on the Little Italy website. Owner Robert Griffin

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rant featuring to-go daiquiris, is coming to 117 East St., Ste. 150, Hutto. The menu will include specialty daiquiris, sandwich- es, CBD drinks and nonalcoholic slushies. Patrons will be able to take their orders to go or sit down in the restaurant’s patio area. Owner Roshon Alfred said Frosties is aiming for a mid-June opening. Facebook: Frosties 2 Go 4 Construction is underway on a second location for Austin staple Top Notch Hamburgers . Located across from Southside Market & Barbeque in The Co- Op District, Hutto’s 35-acre mixed-use development, the restaurant is expected to open late this summer, according to a press release. The original Top Notch opened in Austin in 1971, and the new Hutto location represents its first ex- pansion, owner Kelly Chappell said in the release. The new Top Notch in Hutto will

retain the Austin location’s original drive- up ordering system and menu, which includes burgers, fried chicken and onion rings. www.topnotchaustin.com RELOCATIONS 5 Design and build company Blue Dia- mond Remodeling Inc. relocated to 247 Benelli Drive, Hutto, from Provident Lane in Round Rock on April 1. Staff at Blue Dia- mond work on residential and commercial remodeling and expansion projects. Edgar Janjutyan, marketing manager for Blue Diamond Inc., said the company is part of MRucker Industries, which contains Blue Diamond MEP, Blue Diamond Millworks and Exotic Stoneworks. All four businesses are now based out of the new location in Hutto, Janjutyan said. 512-371-1888. www.bluediamondremodeling.com

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HUTTO NOWOPEN 1 Locally owned East Street Tattoo opened in early April at 117 East St., Hutto. Owners Daniel Homann and Kendall Ramsey specialize in a variety of styles, ranging from American traditional to fine line black and gray. 512-642-3300. Instagram: East Street Tattoo Parlor

2 After opening in Round Rock in August, design-centric marketing agency Forty4 Design reopened in Hutto on March 1. Located at 623 W. Front St., Ste. 1000, Forty4 Design provides user experience and digital marketing services to businesses of all sizes. 512-642-6038. https://forty4.design COMING SOON 3 Frosties , a new locally owned restau-

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14 RUN FOR ROUND ROCK DONUTS The fourth annual Donut Dash 5K, sponsored by Round Rock Donuts, will have a doughnut pit stop midway through a run around Water Tower Park in downtown Round Rock. There will also be a casual and 0K division. 7-10 a.m. $25- $45. Downtown Round Rock, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock. 512-218-5540. www.roundrocktexas.gov 14 ATTENDAMULTIARTIST CONCERT Round Rock Amp will host the 102.3 HTown Throwdown, an all-ages show featuring acts including Scarface Z-Ro and Bun B. Attendees are asked not to bring their own chairs or any outside food and drinks. 6-11 p.m. $30-$125. Round Rock Amp, 3701 N. I-35, Round Rock. www.roundrockamp.com 21 ENJOY A FREE CONCERT The Williamson County Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert titled “Great Music Arising Out of War.” Program pieces include “The Planets— Mars” by Gustaf Holst, “The Last of The Mohicans” by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, and “Victory at Sea” by Richard Rogers and Robert Russell Bennett. 7:30- 8:50 p.m. Free. Old Settlers Park Lake Pavillion, 1001 Harrell Parkway, Round Rock. www.wilcosymphony.org

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The Muddy Miler Family Adventure will be held at Old Settlers Park. All participants should dress for the occasion, as they can expect to be covered in mud from head to toe. 8-10 a.m. Free. Registration required. All ages welcome. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-218-5540. www.roundrocktexas.gov

The Baca Center presents an event for participants age 50 and up to dance outdoors under the stars. The outdoor dance will feature music from DJ Robert Rodriguez, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Attendees may also win door prizes at the event. 7-10 p.m. $10 (per person). Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock. 512-218-5540. www.roundrocktexas.gov

14 HONOR THE LEGACYOFMARTIN LUTHER KING JR. The Round Rock Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, which was postponed due to COVID-19, will feature speaker Rev. Stephanie Wilkins, head of community outreach and engagement for St. John’s Downtown Houston and faith leader partner with the Texas Poor People’s Campaign. Musical groups will also perform at the event. 2-3:30 p.m. Free.

MAY 07 SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES Small vendors will sell their products at the monthly Round Rock Market Days in Prete Plaza. Items from tie-dye to charcuterie boards will be available at the ea market. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock. 512-924-2327. www.roundrocktexas.gov

Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock. www.roundrocktexas.gov 14 PLAY AT FREEMAN PARK The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Pop Up Play Day at Freeman Park. The event includes family-friendly activities, food, music and refreshments. 5-7 p.m. Free. Freeman Park, 301 Forest Ridge Blvd.,

Round Rock. 512-218-5540. www.roundrocktexas.gov

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Gattis School Road will become a six-lane divided roadway fromVia Sonoma Trail to Red Bud Lane. The project will add a raised median, turn lanes, and pedestrian and bicycle sidewalks. The $16.3 million project went to bid in April with completion expected in 2024, according to the city. The city’s master transportation plan identifies the arterial roadway as increas- ingly congested due to ongoing population growth. Timeline: April 2022-24 Cost: $16.3 million Funding sources: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Round Rock Transporta- tion and Economic Development Corp.

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Round Rock officials approved engineering con- tracts for turn lanes to be added to the frontage roads of eastbound SH 45 N and northbound I-35 near the Round Rock Crossing shopping center during an April 14 council meeting. On April 12, Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said operators and business owners at the shopping center located in the southeast corner of I-35 and SH 45 N have been requesting the turn lanes for a long time, citing safety concerns. “Working with the city manager’s office, [we] decided it was appropriate for us to move forward and make these modifications to the fast-traveled and congested frontage roads surrounding this retail center,” Hudder said. A total of three turn lanes will be created to enhance mobility and safety in the area with two on the frontage lanes on the south side of SH 45 N and one on the northbound I-35 frontage road. Engineer- ing firm K. Friese + Associates won the $349,690.90 contract.

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Part of ChisholmTrail Road to undergo overhaul

ONGOING PROJECTS

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and work will take place between the north end of the Chisholm Trail Road bridge at Brushy Creek and Sam Bass Road. The rmwill provide preparation of plans, specications and estimates as well as related sup- porting documents for the roadway’s reconstruction. The Chisholm Trail upgrade will include a new urban roadway section

and drainage improvements. The area through which the section of Chisholm Trail runs is known as Old Town Round Rock, one of the city’s historic centers and the original site of settlement in the area. Timeline: TBD Cost: $389,055 Funding source: city of Round Rock

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Due to a lack of underground drain- age, a portion of Chisholm Trail Road in Round Rock will undergo complete reconstruction. On March 24, City Council approved a $389,055 engineering contract to report on scope of project needs. Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said his team discovered an absence of underground drainage while conducting maintenance work on arterial roads. “[We] quickly realized that it is a signicant project to do this correctly and make the repairs that are neces- sary,” Hudder said. The city awarded the contract to engineering rm Friese & Nichols,

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redirecting and replacing it, and assist with other project modications, a process separate from removing the existing asbestos pipe. DeNucci Constructors won the $12,028,913 University widening project contract in late 2020. Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said additional costs are

normal for overhauls to older infrastructure such as the University Boulevard project. The next phase of the project is expected to begin July 18, with full completion anticipated in early 2023 Timeline: fall 2020-early 2023 Cost: $13.05 million Funding source: city of Round Rock

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North Mays Street widening Two segments of Mays Street—from Paloma Drive to Steam Way and Oak- mont Drive to south of the University Drive-Oakmont intersection—will be widened to a ve-lane roadway with 6-foot sidewalks on the east side and 10-foot shared-use pathways on the west side. Timeline: TBD Cost: estimated at $3.5 million- $4 million Funding source: city of Round Rock

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to the city. During a March 14 City Council meeting, city sta presented the project’s eighth change order for approval. The new expendi- ture will allow the project’s contractor, DeNucci Constructors, to remove a 12-inch asbestos water line discovered while work was underway on the project. In February, ocials approved a $553,313.07 change order to relocate the water line, eectively

Round Rock ocials approved an $88,546.77 change order for the University Boulevard widening project, bringing the total cost of the project to $13,047,276.29. Drivers who utilize University can also expect lane closures that went into eect April 6 to persist for several months as the project shifts to complete the lanes on the southern side of the road, according

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

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WORK BEGINS ONAPARTMENTS NEAR CROSSING AT PALMVALLEY BOULEVARD DEVELOPMENT Crews began work in February on a development anticipated to bring a minimum of 420 units of housing to the intersection of A.W. Grimes Boulevard and Palm Valley Boulevard. Though construction is beginning, a representative for site developer Weitzman Group said a completion date has not yet been set. City documents state the 14-acre development will have a minimum of 30 multifamily units per acre and bring balconies, garage parking, open space and landscaping. Ocials rezoned the site from commercial to a planned unit development, or PUD, in 2021, but some adjacent lots in the PUD with street frontage remain available for commercial use. As part of the PUD agreement, the city of Round Rock will construct a 30-foot-wide road along the property’s eastern boundary, connecting it to existing access to Palm Valley Boulevard.

COUNCIL REZONES 40ACRES FOR SABEY DATA CENTERS PROJECT IN FORMER SEARS BUILDING City ocials rezoned just under 39.71 acres in Round Rock to allow for a data center to be built where a former Sears regional oce now stands. Sabey Data Centers entered into an economic development agreement with the city of Round Rock in February. As part of the agreement, SDC will demolish the existing structure and construct its data center on the property. The agreement stipulates SDC must bring 20 primary jobs to the city within ve years and make $185 million in real property improvements. SDC will also invest $5 million in business personal property at its 1300 Louis Henna Blvd. oce. Responding to concerns from Place 6 Council Member Hilda Montgomery, Planning and Development Services Director Brad Wiseman said SDC also plans to construct an electrical substation. “The additional electrical capacity is needed for the general area, but also for the data center,” Wiseman said. “I think that solves two issues from the electrical standpoint.” Site plans for the data center state that up to two separate buildings may be built at maximum heights of 110 feet. The plans also include a right-of-way reservation for an extension of Bryant Drive to connect the two existing parts of that roadway.

HUTTODESIGNATES 390ACRE TRACT FOR FUTURE COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL USE A 390-acre tract of land near Hutto’s eastern edge, known as the Waymaker Stromberg Tract, is now planned for commercial and residential use. At an April 7 meeting, Hutto City Council approved an amendment to the city’s future land-use map, changing the tract’s designation from agricultural/ open space to mid-density residential/commercial. Materials from landowner Waymaker Ventures LLC indicate plans to use the land for a mix of single- family, commercial and mixed-use development. Preliminary plans also include park space and a potential school site. However, these are still very early plans and are subject to change, Development Services Director Ashley Lumpkin said. According to Lumpkin, the future land-use map amendment is only the rst step toward developing the Waymaker Stromberg Tract. “We’re on about A out of the alphabet on what this development will have to go through,” Lumpkin said.

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

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OFFICIALS APPROVE ZONING FOR 31ACRE HUTTO LANDING DEVELOPMENT A 31-acre multifamily residential development near Exchange Boule- vard is one step closer to coming to fruition following action by Hutto City Council. Council approved planned unit de- velopment zoning for Hutto Landing at an April 7 meeting. PUD zoning allows for adjustments to the development requirements included with standard zoning, according to the city. In the case of Hutto Landing, Maver- ick Development requested a change to the usual landscape requirements for multifamily developments,

However, the land was already zoned for multifamily use—the zoning approved April 7 only changed land- scape requirements. Additionally, Brown said the develop- ment will utilize trees and strategi- cally distanced apartment buildings to preserve the privacy of neighbor- ing homes. Kimley-Horn commissioned a sight line study to ensure Hutto Landing residents living on upper oors would not have a view into nearby homes or yards. Council approved the rezoning a second and nal time at its April 21 meeting.

specically regarding the required density of trees. According to Amanda Brown, a representative of design rm Kimley-Horn, the usual requirement for tree density would conict with Hutto Landing’s planned layout, inhibiting the health of the trees and the capacity for open space. “One of the priorities of our devel- opment is to provide some mean- ingful open space—kind of cleared space where people can go throw a ball—and that’s not possible with the current tree planting requirements,” Brown said. The city received several letters from citizens in opposition to the rezoning, mostly opposing the devel- opment on the grounds that it would bring multifamily housing next to existing single-family housing.

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182UNIT ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY JOVIE PFLUGERVILLE TOOPEN TO RESIDENTS THIS FALL

A new active adult community, Jovie Pugerville, will open this fall at 1305 E. Wells Branch Parkway, Pugerville. Construction on the 182-unit community is expect- ed to be complete in October, according to Jovie Pugerville Community Manager Rosalee Rahm. Jovie Pugerville’s one- and two-bedroom units will rent starting at around $1,856 per month, Rahm said. The community will oer a variety of amenities, events and classes catered to residents age 55 and older.

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HUTTO ISDACCEPTS APPLICATION FOR AGREEMENT ON POTENTIAL $2.4 BILLION APPLIEDMATERIALS PROJECT Applied Materials, a California-based company that provides supplies and services to semiconductor manufacturers, may bring a $2.4 billion research and development laboratory to Hutto. At a March 31 meeting, the Hutto ISD board of trustees accepted an application for a tax incentive agreement in connection with the project. Sara Leon, an attorney for HISD, said accepting the application was only the rst step in a longer review process that will last several months. Neither the project nor the agreement are nal at this time. “We’ll be coming back as this progresses along—or

doesn’t—and see where we’re at,” board President Billie Logiudice said. Leon said Applied Materials would invest approximately $2.4 billion in Hutto in connection with the project. The proposed value limitation agreement would require Applied Materials to invest the rst $80 million within a certain time period, after which the project’s valuation for HISD maintenance and operation taxes would be capped at $80 million for a further period of time. Attorneys for the district and Applied Materials will nego- tiate more precise terms as a part of the review process, according to Leon. Applied Materials is already in Austin, but it is not clear if a deal would mean the company would add a new facility or relocate. District ocials also could not conrm a location for the project but said more information will be made available soon.

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WEATHER

A tornado struck many areas of Round Rock on March 21 and caused more than $32 million in damage. (Courtesy Jeerson Carroll)

RoundRock ocials say tornado sirens not needed Following a tornado that touched down in southeast Round Rock and caused extensive damage on March 21, residents called on the city to install tornado sirens, pointing out that neighboring cities Georgetown and Jarrell have long used them as an additional safety measure. Williamson County gures state Tornado sirens are activated by emergency response sta once a warning is issued, Glaiser said, adding that they also often require someone to be outdoors to hear them. BY BROOKE SJOBERG I was there during the major thun- derstorm,” Glaiser said. “They’re in an older house built in the ‘70s, so it doesn’t have near the insulation and soundproong that today’s homes have. I barely heard the siren.” Capital Area Council of Gov-

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“Think about a lightning detector at a baseball eld. It’ll pick up the static 20 miles away,” Glaiser said. “It’ll set o a warning to tell the base- ball team to go indoors and shelter. The same happens with the tornado siren—it’s just a warning device.” Other warning systems, such as push notications from weather monitoring apps, robocalls from local government, local news stations and weather radios are better at warning residents, Glaiser said. For example, even in areas where there are storm sirens, they are not useful for those already inside their homes, including Glaiser’s in-laws who live in Georgetown. “They live about a block away from one of the tornado sirens, and

ernments, or CAPCOG, director of Homeland Security Martin Ritchey said his agency operates a regional notication system that uses telecommunications devices and geolocation to warn those in the area of potential extreme weather events. Automatic alerts, similar to Amber Alerts that inform people of child abductions via their cell phones, also warn those in a given area of extreme weather. “This type of alert is not tied to your address, but to the actual location of a phone. This allows people traveling through a warned area to receive messages along with residents,” Ritchey said. Local jurisdictions, Ritchey said, can activate the CAPCOG alert system at their discretion. However, like outdoor tornado sirens, they require a person to activate them. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data shows Round Rock’s history of tornadoes is sparse—before the March storm, the last tornado to touch down in the city was in 2004, 18 years ago. Glaiser said the infrequency of tornadoes in the city, combined with the fact that they are not eective as a widespread warning, is why the city has not installed sirens. In addition to purchasing weather radios and creating a weather

Create a storm plan with family to designate shelter locations. Practice with family members so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.

in Round Rock alone, several dozen businesses, roughly 680 homes and numerous vehicles were either dam- aged or completely destroyed by the March tornado that took a northeast- ern path for several miles, causing roughly $32 million in damage. However, Round Rock Fire Chief Shane Glaiser said a siren would not have served as an adequate warning in this case, as the tornado touched down in the city before a warning was even issued by the National Weather Service. “They’re not as eective as one may think,” Glaiser said.

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WEATHER ALERTS The Capital Area Council of Governments provides a tool to issue weather alerts, such as tornado warnings, directly to smartphone users.

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Local phone service providers partner with the CAPCOG to reach those in a geographic area when needed. Local governments can communicate to the CAPCOG that the alert system needs to be used for specic alerts. Residents can sign up to receive emergency and weather alerts directly to their phone at www.warncentraltexas.org.

SOURCE: CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

preparedness kit, the National Weather Service recommends families create a communication plan. The NWS suggests establishing possible shelter locations and a meet- ing place in case family members are separated during a storm.

Lindsey Topolski, right, and her neighbor worked to clear debris from her home damaged by the March 21 tornado. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

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